Prices hiked up amid low sales as Nawroz arrives
KABUL (Pajhwok): Traders and vendors in capital Kabul say their sales in Nawroz days have reduced by 60 percent compared to the previous year.
Most of Afghans celebrate the New Persian Year by visiting parks, preparing different food items including Haft Mewa (a mixture of seven types of fruits), cakes, biscuits, wear new clothes, greet each and visit the homes of relatives and friends.
A fruit seller in Froshgah locality of Kabul, Abdul Sami, said more fruits were sold these than ordinary days. His sales these days stood at around 15,000 afghanis per day, compared more than 50,000 afs per day in the same season last year.
As part of the tradition, the family of a newly-engaged boy takes cooked fish and Jalibi sweet to the family of his fiancée on the occasion the New Year. But Jalibi and fish sellers also complain of low sales this time.
A fish seller, Syed Akbar in Pul-i-Khishti area, said their sales had reduced as compared to last year.
“Last year, I would sell fish and jilibi worth 200,000 afs a day, but this year, we can hardly sell 25,000 afs worth fish and Jilibi each day,” he said.
A garments seller in Mandawe locality of Kabul, Mohammad Aqa, said they would sell 100 pairs of cloths each day, but now they only sold 40 pairs in a day.
A resident of Khairkhana locality, Waris, said he wanted to purchase gifts for his fiancée, but unfortunately prices were high.
The price of a kilo of fish soared from the previous 200 afs to 260 afs and of Jalebi from 80 afs to 100 afs and of dried fruits increased to nearly 30 afs a kilo, he said.
“Shopkeepers take advantage of the New Year celebrations and sell goods at artificially increased prices. They should think Allah is watching them and should avoid fleecing customers,” he said.
Security measures for Nawroz
Atiquallah, a resident of Deh Mazang locality said he was pleased to see security measures had been put in different parts of Kabul. He hoped the festivities would pass off peacefully.
He greeted security personnel on Nawroz and urged them to be more vigilant. He also asked militants to shun violence and instead struggle to reach goals though peaceful means.
Aryana, a resident of Karta-i-Aryana locality, also asked security forces to maintain better security during Nawroz celebrations and try to prevent possible security incidents in Kabul.
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