Aldona Miliuvienė, the agency's head, stepped down when asked to do so by Agriculture Minister Virginija Baltraitienė who said she was not happy with the agency's performance.
An investigation by 15min.lt has revealed that the agency paid twice the market price for flour for its food for poor programme.
The Agricultural and Food Market Regulation Agency (ŽŪMPRRA), when going out to tender for food supplies, commissioned market research that showed that the wholesale price of wheat flour on the market was about €300-320 per tonne. Nevertheless, the agency concluded an agreement with the winner of the tender competition to purchase wheat flour at a price of around €600 per tonne.
Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius then demanded that the Competition Council investigate the reports.