Value of afghani declines, so do fuel rates
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prices of fuel and value of the afghani currency against US dollar edged down in Kabul while rates of other daily-use commodities stayed unchanged during the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday.
The rate of one litre of petrol fell from 43 to 42 afghanis and the same quantity of diesel from 42 to 41 afghanis, Qala-i-Fathullah filling station worker Obaidullah told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He linked the decline in fuel prices to international market trends.
A gas seller in Kolola Pushta area, Mohammad Sharif, sold one kilogram of liquefied gas for 55 afghanis, the same as last week’s price.
Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of one US dollar was 64.40afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 614 afs.
Last week's exchange value of the dollar stood at 64.20afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 616afs.
A 49-kilogram bag of Brazilian sugar was priced at 1,700afs, the same amount of Pakistani flour at 1350afs and 24-kg sack of rice at 1,650afs, said the Food Traders' Union head.
Haji Fazlul Rahman added the rates of other food items remained unchanged. A 16-kg can of ghee accounted for 950afs.
Similarly, a kilo of black tea sold for 240afs and the same amount of green tea for 210afs, the same prices as last week, a dealer in Kabul market said.
Wholesale rates of food items differed from retail prices in some parts of the city. Ahmad Omaid, a shopkeeper in the Dahan-i-Bagh area, sold a 49-kg bag of flour for 1,400afs, a 49-kg sack of sugar for 1,800afs, a 24-kg bag of rice for 18,00afs and a 16 litre tin of ghee for 1,150afs.
A kg of African back tea was priced at 260afs and the same amount of Indonesian green tea at 250afs, he said.
Mohammad Fawad, a jeweller in Timor Shahi neighbourhood, said the price of one gram of Arabian gold was 2,050afs and the same quantity of the Russian variety 1,650afs.
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