The rising cost of a loaf is cause for concern at the present time. While the wealthy may be able to absorb any price increases, the poorer members of Jersey’s society are vulnerable to changes in what they have to pay for essential food. It is something that both the Lieutenant Governor and the States are very aware of, and attempting to offset by ensuring there are adequate stocks of flour in the Island.
With local mills unable to produce sufficient quantities for the population’s needs, the Island relies on imports for the majority of its flour requirements. The large number of soldiers presently training in Jersey has increased the demand. Since the start of the war, however, the shipping required to carry flour and other essentials to Jersey has been more difficult to arrange.
The situation was serious enough this week for the Lieutenant Governor to despatch an urgent telegram to the Home Office. Given that the Island faced imminent shortages, General Rochfort asked the British Government to ensure that the shipping necessary to import 800 tons of flour was made immediately available.