Prices of flour down, other items unchanged
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of flour have dipped while those of other essential daily-use commodities remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.
Fazal Rahman, head of the Food Traders' Union, said the price of a 50kg bag of Pakistani flour has downed from 1,440 Afghanis to 1,350Afs.
He linked reduction of flour prices to wheat crops production season in Pakistan.
The prices of other food items remained steady as a 50kg bag of Pakistani sugar was being sold at the rate of 1,550afs, 24kg of rice 1,800afs, 5liter of Momin oil 380afs, 1kg black African tea 210afs and the same amount of green Vietnam tea 180afs, same rates as of last week, Rahman added.
But a retailer in the Kart-i-Seh area of Kabul, Khan Ali, sold a 49-kg bag of flour for 1,500afs, a 50-kg sack of sugar 1,850afs and a 49-kg bag of rice for 2,100afs.
He sold a 5-kg tin of Momin ghee for 320afs, a kilo of African black tea for 270afs and the same quantity of Vietnam green tea for 2300afs -- higher than wholesale prices.
A filling station official in the Wazirabad locality, Abdul Saboor, said one litre of diesel and patrol each cost 58afs, registering no change.
Abdullah, a liquefied gas seller in Taimani, sold one kilo of the commodity for 48afs.
Abdul Baseer, a jeweler in the Lycée Maryam neighbourhood, said one gram of Arabian gold sold for 2,000afs and the same quantity of the Iranian variety for 1,700afs.
Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of one US dollar was 57.15afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 571afs. Last week's exchange value of the dollar stood at 57.30afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 553afs.
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