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Food prices up; ACCI fails to keep its promise

Food prices up; ACCI fails to keep its promise

Aug 07, 2011 - 19:51

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Contrary to official claims about a cut in rates of essential items in the holy month of Ramadaninfo-icon, food prices have gone up in Kabul, retailers said on Sunday.

The price of a 50-kilogram sack of Brazilian sugar hiked from 2,300 afghanis ($48) to 2,400afs and the same amount of Pakistani rice from 2,380afs to 2,430afs, the head of food traders' union, Fazal Rahman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

By the same token, the price of 50-kg bag of Pakistani flour rose from 980afs to 990afs and a five-litre cane of ghee sold for 425afs against its last week's rate of 420afs.

Before the holy month, the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries' (ACCI) officials had said the prices of food items would be curtailed. They said the release of trucks of Afghan traders stranded in Pakistaninfo-icon would play a key role in this regard.

Reminded about the price spiral, the ACCI policy director, Tawfiq Dawari, insisted the rates of eatables had come down according to his information.

Making matters worse for the poor, the price of a 200 millilitre milk cream increased from 30afs to 40afs and the same amount of milk from 50afs to 60afs in the first week of the holy month.

Similarly, the prices of eggs, chicken and other items also went up. According to Asadullah, a taxi driver, last week's price of one kilogram of chicken was about 120afs. Now it sells for 180afs.

He blamed the government and traders for the price hike. "Neither the authorities nor traders are concerned about the plight of the poor."



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