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Wheat Price Surge Triggers Nationwide Strike by Burkina Bakers

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Bakers in Burkina Faso closed in protest on Thursday after the government said it would not let them raise the price of baguettes in response to surging wheat prices.

In an effort to “save our bakeries” after authorities forcibly shuttered shops that raised prices, all establishments would close, the Federation des Patrones de Boulangeries, Patisseries et Confiseries du Burkina Faso said in a statement. Wheat prices in the land-locked West African country have soared in recent weeks to 525,000 CFA francs ($858) per ton from 350,000 CFA francs, it said, as supplies of the raw material have been disrupted by Russia’s war with Ukraine, a major exporter.