Essential items' prices up by 19pc in Kabul
On Wednesday, the wholesale price of a 50-kilogram Pakistani flour bag was 1050 afghanis, the same amount of rice sold for 2,500afs and a 50-kg sack of Brazilian sugar for 2,400afs.
Haji Fazl Rahman, the head of Food Traders' Association, told Pajhwok Afghan News a five-kg cane of Koh-i-Noor ghee cost 390afs, a kg of black tea 190afs and the same amount of green tea 160afs.
On March 25, a 50-kg bag of flour sold for 970afs, the same amount of rice for 2,200afs and as much Brazilian sugar for 2,000afs. Likewise, the price of a five-kg tin of ghee was 335afs, a kg of green tea 150afs and black tea 180afs.
A fall in wheat production in Pakistan and new restrictions on cargo weights sent transportation cost increasing, leading to a hike in flour price, Rahman added.
The Ministry of Public Works recently imposed new curbs on trucks, requiring each vehicle not to carry more 12 tonnes of cargo. Previously, a truck would carry as much as 25 tonnes of load.
The price of rice jumped up due a production cut last year in exporting countries, he said, adding the sugar and tea rates soared due an upward trend in exporting countries.
The prices of fuel have also spiraled over the past six months in Kabul. One litre of diesel and petrol each had risen to 58afs from 55afs six months ago, said a fuel station worker in the Taimani Square, Mohammad Siddiq.
Similarly, the price of a kg of liquefied gas went up from 48afs to 50afs, said a gas seller in the Taimani locality, Abdullah.
A firewood stall owner in the Qalacha area, Fazal Mohammad, said the price of a kharwar (560 kg) of unpeeled oak was 6,200afs and cedar 6,100afs.
Six months earlier, a kharwar of unpeeled oak accounted for 5,100afs and peeled oak for 4,900afs. A kharwar of cedar wood cost 4,800 afs.
Gold prices also spiked. One gram of Arabian gold sold for 2,400afs and the same amount of the Iranian variety for 2,200afs, jeweller Abdul Basir said. Their previous rates were 1750afs and 1450afs respectively.
The buying rate of one US dollar was 48.8afs, and 1,000 Pakistani rupees sold for 546afs in Kabul, said the head of the Moneychangers' Association, Mohammad Amin Khosti. On March 25, the buying rate of a dollar was 4,535afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees 532afs.
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