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Gold up, food items stable in Kabul

Gold up, food items stable in Kabul

Jan 30, 2014 - 15:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The price of gold increased but foodstuff rates stayed unchanged in Kabul during the outgoing week, market sources said on Thursday.

Abdul Basir, a jeweller in the Lycée Maryam locality of Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rate of one gram of Arabian gold increased from 2,000 to 2,100afs.

The same amount of Iranian gold rose in price from 1,650 to 1,700afs, he said, linking the surge to the global market trend.

Fazlur Rahman, the food traders’ union head, said food prices remained stable during the week. The whole sale price of a 50-kilogram bag of Pakistani flour was 1,300afs.

A 50-kg sack of sugar cost 1,500afs and a 24-kg rice bag 1,800afs. A five-litre Momin Ghee tin accounted for 380afs. Similarly, a kg of green tea was priced at 170afs and black tea at 210afs.

But Khan Ali, a retailer in Kart-i-Seh area, sold a 49-kilogram bag of flour for 1,370afs, a 50-kg sack of sugar for 1,700afs and a 24-kg rice bag for 2,000afs.

He sold a five-litre tin of cooking oil for 460afs, a kilogram of green tea for 200afs and black tea for 240afs.

Mohammad Sultan, a firewood merchant in Sar Sabzi Square, said wood prices remained stable. The price of 560 kilograms of peeled oak was 6,500afs, unpeeled oak at 6,000afs and cedar at 6,000 afs.

Mohammad Sharif, a gas seller in Kolola Pushta neighbourhood, said one kilogram of liquefied gas cost 50afs -- same as last week’s rate.

The Ministry of Commerce has fixed the price of per kilogram of gas at 48afs, but last week’s rates ranged between 48 and 55afs.

The price of diesel also stayed stable, with one litre selling for 62afs and the same of petrol for 57afs, said Abdul Hadi, a filling station official in Wazirabad area. 

Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of one US dollar was 57.10afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 530afs. Last week's exchange value of the dollar stood at 57.05afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 529afs.



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