Wheat importers to get necessary liquidity from government to guarantee food supply

At Labour rally, Robert Abela says agreement reached with wheat and animal feed importers, providing them with liquidity and a storage facility to keep prices down and supply steady

Prime Minister Robert Abela
Prime Minister Robert Abela

Prime Minister Robert Abela has said Malta will guarantee a steady supply and stability in price of staple foods like bread and milk, saying an agreement had been reached with the importers of wheat and animal feed.

“We offered the necessary liquidity so that the importers could provide the required food supply. We also provided a storage facility at the Kordin Grain Terminal to prevent staple food products like milk and bread from spiking,” Abela told a Labour political event in Gzira on Saturday evening.

Sticking to his ‘you know where you stand with us’ mantra, Abela lauded Labour’s track record on energy price stability and pensions.

He told supporters they would have more money left in their pockets under Labour, through increased in-work benefits, children’s allowances, wider tax bands, and tax refunds. “In contrast, you don’t know where you stand with the PN, whose leader said they would not be handing out tax refunds in government and whose proposals are full of terms and conditions,” Abela said.

With some tongue in cheek, Equality Minister Owen Bonnici compared the “inconsistencies” of the Nationalist Party on the trackless tram proposal, saying they were a “trackless Opposition”.

Bonnici said the PN were not to be trusted, “as they are still yet to publish the costings of their proposals”.

Guest speaker Antonella Rogers, a cancer survivor, made an intervention, where she personally thanked the Labour government for helping her whilst undergoing cancer treatment, with free medicines. and for recognising her LGBTIQ status in society. “I can now declare that as a former Nationalist, I will vote for the Labour Party for the first time. Thankfully we are living in a democratic society, where you can express yourself without any fear of repercussions,” Rogers said.