YEREVAN, September 28. / ARKA /. The Nagorno-Karabakh government decided yesterday to set the minimum price for one kg of wheat at 150 dram; the price of a sack of high quality flour is set at 11,700 drams and the price of bread was decided to keep unchanged, the press service of Karabakh government reports.
The government session ordered all mills and the Fund of Assistance to Agriculture to sell the wheat at this price. Heads of district administrations said they would take stock of their reserves in order to properly plan the next steps.
The government session in question chaired by prime minister Ara Harutynuian, attended also by heads of wheat and four producing companies, was convened to prevent growth of bread prices.
An earlier study by the local Public Services Regulatory Commission found an increase in food prices which was attributed to increase in grain prices at international markets.
Agriculture minister Andranik Khachatryan said more than 102 thousand tons of grain were produced this year, of which 18,000 tons were exported to Armenia.
Prime minister Harutyunian said the government has to ban exports of grains and set the minimum prices in order to avoid worsening of living conditions of the population. He said the measures are temporary. ($ 1 - 405.39 drams). -0-