Egypt's freekeh prices have risen greatly in recent weeks amid a countrywide wheat crisis.
Local media reported yesterday that police arrested two freekeh farmers for "forging prices."
Since the outbreak of the Russian war on Ukraine, the Egyptian government has placed strict measures to control wheat production, sales and consumption, in attempt to prevent a national food crisis. Officials say that local authorities are prosecuting violators.
In recent days, the state-run supply directorate arrested 20 wheat farmers in the southern city of Minya for "converting a massive amount of wheat into freekeh." Other violators in Assiut governorate were convicted last month of "building unliscened bread shops without a permit."
Freekeh, or farik, is a popular dish in Egyptian and North African cuisine. It is made from roasting the young, green grains of durum wheat.