Duro Kuteyiashe, the managing director and chief govt of Spectra Industries Restricted has known as on bakers within the nation to turn into inventive by adopting cheaper substitutes to drive down manufacturing prices of manufacturing a loaf of bread.
Kuteyi made the decision lately on the opening of a mannequin of Spectra Manufacturing facility store which was designed to convey Spectra merchandise nearer to residents of Suco group in Okoba of Agege in Lagos State.
He famous that for bread which is a necessity to proceed to stay on the breakfast desk of common Nigerians within the face of the sky-rocketing value of imported flour, bakers should start to look inward by embracing home and made-in-Nigeria elements that won’t solely enhance their profitability but additionally convey down the price of manufacturing of bread considerably.
“Quite a lot of bakers are going out of enterprise and the few resilient ones have elevated the worth of bread which is making bread a luxurious and unaffordable to lots of Nigerians,” he mentioned.
“That is primarily as a result of scarce international trade and the disaster in Ukraine which is outdoors the management of bakers. However bakers will be inventive about it by native modern elements corresponding to Sobake which is defatted soya flour produced indigenously by Spectra.
“Like they at all times say, necessity is the mom of invention. The place we’re in Nigeria at present will convey out the very best from inventive individuals,” he mentioned.
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The famend meals technologist acknowledged that by embracing native elements, the price of manufacturing will cut back considerably in addition to enhance profitability as he revealed that 1kg of Sobake in 50kg of wheat flour with an additional 1.5 litre of water within the recipe of bread will give bakers further yield by 5X500g loaves.
“Aside from the truth that this product has a excessive quantity of protein, the decrease fats content material of defatted soya helps to extend the shelf life span of bread and from the suggestions of bakers which can be utilizing our Sobake, the product has turn into a welcome aid for bakers,” Kuteyiashe mentioned.
A number of nations that had been onerous hit by the Russian-Ukraine struggle have commenced together with shut substitutes corresponding to sorghum, orange candy potato flour, and Excessive-High quality Cassava Flour within the manufacturing of flour for bread and different confectionery. However regardless of the stress, the Nigerian flour milling business is but to embrace the choice of including cheaper substitutes to flour manufacturing.
This has made the costs of bread and different confectionery proceed on an upward trajectory.
Recall that final week bakers in Nigeria launched into a four-day warning strike to power the federal government to deal with the difficulty of rising manufacturing prices.
Specialists expressed fears over the ugly improvement, taking into consideration that the Russia and Ukraine struggle is just not in any means displaying any signal of coming to an finish quickly.
That is additional worsened as a result of importers of flour are usually not given international trade concessions by the federal government that means they should supply international trade for importation from the black market.
With all these challenges, they argue that it’s apparent that for any severe entrepreneur within the baking and confectionery sector to stay in enterprise, dependence on 100percent imported bread inputs is now not sustainable.
Bumi Dada, the managing director of a bakery narrating her expertise mentioned that the final three months have been very difficult for her as the price of producing bread has turn into insufferable and unpredictable.
“Probably the most unpredictable facet of it’s that the adjustments within the value of flour, sugar, gasoline and all the pieces we utilized in baking has refused to be steady. Costs of flour maintain altering every day. A bag of flour prices N4, 000 at present and by tomorrow the worth will probably be N7,000,” Dada acknowledged.
Nike Akinriwoye who’s into cake baking mentioned for her to stay in enterprise, she is resorting to native bread elements which can be extra inexpensive than imported flours.
“I’ve tried Sobake and I realise that it’s fairly good and saves me some huge cash with out affecting the standard of my baking although initially when it was launched to me, I had the concern whether or not it’s going to meet the required normal that my prospects at all times look out for. However after making an attempt it, I realise that it blends completely when combined with the imported flour,” Akinriwoye mentioned.