Firewood, gas & flour prices down in Kabul
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prices of liquefied gas, firewood and flour edged down and that of other daily-use commodities stayed stable during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.
A gas dealer in Taimani neighbourhood, Mohammad Sharif, told Pajhwok Afghan News the price of a kilogram of gas registered a five afghanis slump during the week, slipping to 40 afs. However, some dealers sold it for 45 afs a kilogram in other parts of the capital.
About two months ago, one kilogram of gas would cost more than 70 afs in Kabul, but the rate sizably went down after a large amount of the product was imported from Central Asia nations.
Meanwhile, 560 kilograms of oak cost 6,200 afghanis against last week’s 6,800afs, said Mohammad, a seller in the Charahi Shahid area, linking the price cut to decreasing demand.
In food items, only the price of flour declined during the week. Traders’ Union Head Fazal Rahman said the price of a 50-kiogram of sack of Pakistani flour accounted for 1,240 afghanis, compared with last week’s 1,250 afghanis. But the price of a 24-kg of rice jumped to 1,550 afs from 1,500 afs.
A kg of the Vietnamese green tea was priced at 180afs, the same quantity of African black tea at 210afs and a 16-kg tin of Momin ghee at 1,000afs -- same rates as last week’s rates.
But a retailer in the Dahan-i-Bagh area of Kabul, Khan Ali, sold a 49-kg bag of flour for 1,370afs, a 50-kg sack of sugar for 1,800afs and a 24-kg bag of rice for 1,800afs.
He sold a 16-kg tin of Momin ghee for 1,110afs, a kilo of African black tea for 250afs and the same quantity of Vietnam green tea for 250afs -- higher than wholesale prices.
A filling station worker in Wazirabad locality, Abdul Saboor, sold a litre of diesel for 40afs and the same amount of patrol for 43afs, the same rates as last week’s.
Similarly, the rates of currency and gold also remained steady. Mohammad Fawad, a jeweller in Timor Shah area, said the price of one gram of Arabian gold was 2,050 afs and the same quantity of the Russian variety cost 1,650afs, registering no change in their prices.
Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of one US dollar was 57.20afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 563afs. Last week's exchange value of the dollar stood at 57.20afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 563afs.
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