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Gas, firewood prices down in Kabul

Gas, firewood prices down in Kabul

Mar 10, 2011 - 15:18

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Gas and firewood prices declined as cooking oil rates went up in Kabul during the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday, linking the drop in energy rates to a change in the weather.

"When the cold weather departs, prices of gas and firewood come down," dealers said, adding one kilogram of gas accounted for 48 afghanis ($1.056), falling by 2afs.

Last week, one of liquefied gas cost 50afs, Mohammad Shafaq, a dealer in Taimani area, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

A firewood stall owner in Qala-i-Fathullah area of Kabul, Khairullah, said rates of peeled wood decreased by 200afs per 560kg and unpeeled wood by 200afs.

Their last week's rates were 5,300afs and 5,000afs respectively. Cedar sold for 4,800afs per 560kg against its last week's rate of 4,900afs.

One litre of diesel was priced at 55afs, the same rate as last week. Petrol's rate also stayed stable, with one litre accounting for 55afs, said a filling station owner, Shamsul Haq.

A five-kg ghee cane sold for 335afs, up by 5afs, said Fazal Rahman, the head of Food Traders' Union. One kg of black African tea cost 180afs and the same amount of green tea 150afs.

The rates of other food items, however, remained unchanged. A 50-kg bag of Brazilian sugar worked out at about 2,000afs, a 50-kg bag of Pakistani flour at 970afs and the same amount of rice at 2,200afs.

Abdul Baseer, a jeweller in the upscale Shahr-i-Naw neighbourhood, said one gram of Arabian gold sold for 1,750afs and the same amount of Iranian gold for 1,500afs, the same prices as last week.

Moneychanger Sayed Obeid said the buying rate of a US dollar was 45.29afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees 530afs. Last week's exchange value of the greenback stood at 45.15afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 530afs.


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