With İzmir's Public Bread Model, Cheap Bread Reaches More Citizens

With İzmir's Public Bread Model, Cheap Bread Reaches More Citizens
With İzmir's Public Bread Model, Cheap Bread Reaches More Citizens

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer made investigations at the People's Bread Factory of the Metropolitan Municipality in Çiğli. President Soyer, who received information from the authorities, emphasized that they doubled their bread production capacity by signing a protocol with the Izmir Chamber of Bakers and Craftsmen in order to offer more cheap bread to the public, and said, “People have difficulties in feeding their children. Together, we will establish Turkey, where all these will change," he said.

Thanks to the “People's Bread” model, implemented by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer with the understanding of social municipality, against the economic crisis, more cheap bread is delivered to low-income citizens and bakers are supported. Visiting the People's Bread Factory of the Metropolitan Municipality in Çiğli, Mayor Tunç Soyer emphasized that they have increased the supply capacity from 130 thousand to 250 thousand by signing a protocol with the Izmir Chamber of Bakers and Craftsmen. President Soyer said that they want to be the lifeblood of bread producers, who are struggling to survive due to increasing costs and the problem of idle capacity.

Speaking at the factory visit accompanied by Grand Plaza Chairman Ayhan Balıkçı and General Manager Hasan İkat, President Soyer stated that the citizens are left alone with poverty due to the rise in inflation as well as the increase in the exchange rate, and said, “Citizens have difficulty in feeding their stomachs. Therefore, the regulation of bread prices directly concerns their lives. That's why we searched for a solution and implemented this model," he said.

“We are able to sell bread for 2 liras”

President Soyer said, “There was a need to increase the capacity, but for this we had to invest approximately 50 million liras. We thought that it would not be right to make such an investment in this crisis environment. We talked to kilns that make large-scale production and industrial production in İzmir. We saw that they also have a capacity that they do not use in their factories. We thought that they could transfer 10 percent of that capacity to us at the cost price, and we offered it. When the bakeries transferred 10 percent of their capacity to us at the cost price, they were relieved and we were able to sell the bread for 2 liras," he said.

“300 tradesmen came back from the brink of bankruptcy”

Noting that 300 shopkeepers came back from the brink of bankruptcy thanks to this work, Soyer said: “Unused capacity means abandoned workers. It means abandoned worker. With our increase in capacity, more workers have been able to work in factories. Everyone without a loser kazanWe have implemented a project. We are happy with that.”

“We aim to increase the number of buffets”

Explaining that they started to look for new solutions regarding distribution when the bread production capacity increased, Mayor Soyer said, “In neighborhoods where poverty has deepened, there are requests for bread buffets from headmen and citizens. We are trying to catch up with them. We aim to increase the number of buffets to 84. This model is applicable in our metropolitan cities, provinces and districts. It is a model that increases the solidarity in the city and allows more citizens to reach bread at a more economical price. I hope it will spread," he said.

“We are talking about a painful problem”

President Soyer said, “The deepening of poverty, sözcüWhen expressed with words, it is perceived as something theoretical, but in daily life it is very painful, very painful. People have a hard time feeding their children. We are talking about a painful problem that causes suffering in people's daily lives. Unfortunately, the economic crisis and the associated rising prices have consequences that destabilize the society. I hope that all of this will change, poverty will abolish, and we will establish a Turkey where no one will go to bed hungry.”

“He gave us the right to live”

President Tunç Soyer then visited the bakeries with which agreements were made. Birol Yılmaz, Chairman of the Turkish Bakery Industry Employers' Union, who accompanied Soyer during his bakery visits, stated that the project provided lifeline to the tradesmen at this critical time. Yılmaz said, “If such a project did not exist, at least 300 bakers and tradesmen in İzmir would have gone bankrupt and closed. That's why I thank our president very much. He gave us the right to live. This is how public-private partnerships work. We wish it to set an example for Turkey. Such projects not only keep the tradesmen alive, give lifeline, but also our municipality provides cheap bread to low-income citizens. "Both sides are happy," he said.

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