Flour, gas, ghee prices down in KabulBy Zarghona Salehi Jan 31, 2013 - 17:14
KABUL (PAN): Prices of flour, ghee and liquefied gas went down during the outgoing week in Kabul, where rates of other essential daily-use commodities stayed stable, retailers said on Thursday.
The gas prices were declined after the Ministry of Commerce and Industries on Monday fixed the rate of a kilo of liquefier gas as 50 afghanis (less than $1).
Gas dealers in Kabul sell a kilo of gas ranging from 50-55 afs but some of the shopkeepers in the remote areas of the city, sell the same quantity of gas 60-65 afs. Last week, a kilo of gas was sold up to 70 afs in the shops of Kabul.
Fuel prices remained unchanged over the past week with a litre of petrol costing 55 afs and similar quantity of diesel 58 afs, said Mohammad Siddique, a filling station worker in the Taimani Square area.
The price of per 560 kilograms of peeled oak remained unchanged at about 7,000afs and cedar at 7,400afs, said Haji Sultan, a stall owner in the Dasht-i-Barchi area.
The rates of flour and ghee edged down, but the prices of other daily-use items remained stable, as the price of a 50-kilogram bag of Pakistani flour stood at 1,110 afghanis against its last week's rate of 1,140afs, 5-litre of Momin ghee declined from 420 afs to 400 afs, said the Food Traders' Union head, Haji Fazl Rahman.
A 50-kilogram bag of Pakistani sugar sold for 1,800afs, the same amount of Pakistani rice for 3300afs, a kilo of African black tea for 200afs and the same quantity of Indonesian green tea for 170afs, he added.
But wholesale prices varied from retail rates in some parts of the city. Khan Ali, a shopkeeper in the Karta-i-Seh locality, sold a 50-kg sack of Pakistani rice for 3,800afs and a 50-kg bag of Pakistani sugar for 2,100afs.
He said the same amount of Pakistani flour cost 1,220afs, a five-kg tin of ghee 460afs, a kg of African back tea 270afs and the Indonesian green tea 200afs.
Abdul Basir, a jeweller in the upscale Lycee-i-Maryam area, said gold prices also stayed stable. A gram of Arabian gold sold for 2,400afs and the same amount of the Iranian variety for 2,000afs.
Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of a US dollar was 51.80afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 524afs. Last week's exchange value of the greenback stood at 51.40 afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 524afs, he concluded.