Reportage. The rationalization of water, the “crisis” of edible oil and rising prices: In addition to the health crisis, economic worries will also trouble Algerians.
«JI am at a loss. I have no complaints, I have a lot of work. “Youcef is a busy plumber: he puts a wreath on the side with a heavy tool holder and plugs the phone into his headset. He guides a truck in a small alley in Algiers and unloads it.” “In Algiers this week. A popular product in Geer: water tanks. He said: “Today alone, I had to place or repair four tanks and even restart the mine. Since the formal announcement of the possibility of rationalization of tap water, Algerians have relapsed into the frenzy of obtaining reservoirs. Since the early 2000s, the nightmare of frequent precipitation has almost disappeared.
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On March 22, the head of Algerienne des Eaux (ADE) Say According to the public radio station, if the filling of the dam does not improve by the beginning of the summer (the national average is only 44%), “it is necessary to reduce the time allocated”, even in the areas most affected by the crisis. Smallpox”.
The authorities promised that while waiting for Ramadan, these restrictions will not be implemented until after Ramadan (which starts in mid-April). In the western part of the country, the situation is even more tense, with an average dam filling rate of 27%. “Climate change heralds a complex future.” Water executives worry that “the delay in desalination projects is increasing pressure” and water will be used only in the summer of 2020. increase From 10%.
Other expert sources regret that since the end of February, SEAAL (a company that is a mixed operation of Algeria and France (with Suez company, on the expiration of the contract) in Algiers for drinking water management) has issued an alarm since the end of February. Since the end of February, the authorities have been slow to respond, regarding the imminent crisis caused by insufficient rainfall since 2019. According to reports, SEAAL has proposed a plan to take measures to deal with this situation, including allocating drinking water and stopping certain water-consuming activities.But she didn’t get the answer [de la part des autorités] », show website TSA.
In Algiers, there have been water cuts in several blocks, especially at night when Algerians are beginning to worry about the complicated Ramadan and the disastrous summer. But this is not the only family headache.
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In Algeria, another concern sums up all the difficulties of having a sound business channel. Therefore, speculation, bureaucracy and lack of vision are king. In Algiers, this is called the “true and false cooking oil crisis.” For two weeks, this staple food has been in short supply on the shelves. For those lucky people, they have to pay a high price, so that they have launched a campaign to resist it on social networks. Simultaneously with another campaign against white meat, which has skyrocketed in price. The “true and false” crisis is because, according to five Algerian producers, including the giant Cevital of the tycoon Issad Rebrab, the market supply exceeds “300%”! So why is there such a shortage?
according to National Food FederationThe reason for this crisis was found on the retailer’s side, and they rejected the latest order from the Ministry of Commerce, which requires invoices for all transactions. Retailers believe that their profit margins are insignificant, and the invoice price of their purchases is restricted by the state. In order to evade what they call “restrictions,” retailers obtain supplies from several wholesalers by buying small quantities at retail prices,” the representative of the federation explained.
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An Algerian businessman replied: “This is wrong.” Manufacturers and wholesalers only supply us in small quantities to create pressure and justify price increases. “
This interesting crisis makes call back At the TSA site, riots occurred in January 2011, followed by sharp increases in oil and sugar prices. TSA explained at the time: “The then Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia (Ahmed Ouyahia) accused them of being “lobbies”. They believed that the government’s intention was to impose and promote invoices for all commercial transactions, thereby threatening their interests. But the authorities eventually abandoned measures that were supposed to fight informal patrols.