Essential items prices down 7% this year
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite decrease in the value of Afghani currency against US dollars in the approaching month of Ramadan, the rates of essential daily use items have averagely dipped down by seven percents.
According to a report compiled by Pajhwok Afghan News, 50 kilograms of Pakistani sugar cost 1,750 Afghanis, 50 kilograms of Pakistani flour 1,250 Afghanis, 16 liters of Momin ghee 1,050 Afghanis, 24kg of rice 1,800afs, a kilogram of African black tea 210afs and the same quantity of Indonesian green tea 180afs last year.
However, Fazal Rahman, the Food Traders' Union head, said that the price of 50kg Pakistan sugar cost 1,620afs, the same quantity of Pakistani flour 1,120afs, 16kg of Momin ghee 950afs, 24kg of rice 1,800afs, a kg of Black African tea 210afs and the same quantity of Indonesian green tea 180afs.
He said the prices of some goods were increased last year due to election and political crisis.
The first round of presidential elections was held last year in April 5 without any of the candidates complete 50+ votes, however the second round of the election faced a prolonged deadlock and the result was announced few months later after the election process due to differences over candidates.
The prices of fuel have decreased by 39 percent as compared to last year’s rates.
About a year ago, the price of one liter diesel cost 61afs and the same quantity of petrol 60afs as well as a kilogram of liquefied gas was sold 65afs. But a fuel tanker owner in Kabul Abdul Hadi sold a liter of diesel for 41afs and the same quantity of petrol 42afs today.
A liquefied gas seller Mohammad Sharif in Taimani area sold one kilogram of gas 30 percent, which shows an average decrease in fuel prices by 39 percents.
The prices of goods have dipped in spite of Afghani currency’s value declined.
A moneychanger Ahmad Shah said buying rate of one US dollar was 60.70afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 584afs.
One year ago, the buying rate of one US dollar was 57.20afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees 576afs.
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