These days, it’s almost impossible to find pasta in Algerian grocery stores, and the few packages you find are overpriced. In question, the decision of the Algerian government to end the wheat subsidy in September 2020.
In recent days, Algerians have seen packages of pasta become scarce on the shelves of stores and at the local grocer. And if they find any, they have to pay an average of 20 to 30% more than usual. In question, a speculative spiral due to the lifting in September 2020 of subsidies for soft and hard wheat.
Despite the freezing of this decision announced by the Minister of Commerce, prices have continued to climb and the shortage continues. Increasingly unable to finance social assistance, the Algerian government had decided to make choices: continue to subsidize semolina and put an end to subsidies for products derived from flour, such as pasta.