Fuel prices up, sugar & flour down in Kabul
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of petroleum products edged up and that of sugar and flour dropped during the past week in capital Kabul, market sources said on Saturday.
Abdul Hadi, a fuel station worker at Wazir Abad, told Pajhwok Afghan News the price of a litre of petrol increased to 46 afghanis against last Saturday’s 44 afghanis and the same quantity of diesel price went up from 39afs to 40afs.
He cited insecurity in northern parts of the country behind reduced fuel imports and increase in prices.
Tamim Waleed, petroleum sector controller at the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI), said fuel stations and sellers had artificially increased fuel prices. He said no change had occurred in the prices of petroleum products at international markets. He denied insecurity in the North had reduced fuel imports.
He said the MoCI was working on a number of programmes such as preparation of procedures to deal with violators in accordance with the law. He said currently 90 percent of fuel retailers lacked legal documents.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Javed, a liquefied gas seller in Kolola Pushta area, sold one kilogram of the gas for 70afs, registering no change in its rate.
He said the prices would go down in two days as a large amount of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) was being imported to Afghanistan from Turkmenistan.
Tamim Waleed said the hike in LPG price was linked to decreased sales in Kazakhstan, where gas sales had recently improved, the commodity was being imported to Afghanistan and would help decline LPG prices. He said a kilo of LPG was sold for 43afs in Herat province today.
Fazal Rahman, Food Traders Union head in Kabul city, said sugar and flour prices slightly decreased.
A 49-kilo bag of Pakistani sugar was sold for 2,400 afs against last week’s 2,450afs and the same quantity of high quality Kazakhstani flour bag price decreased from 1,350 to 1320afs.
He said there was no change in rice prices as 24.5kg rice sack was sold for 1550afs and as well as 16 litres of Shayesta ghee for 1050afs.
Meanwhile, Haji Rahmatullah, a tea wholesaler at Kabul market, sold a kilogram of Madina green tea for 240afs and the same amount of black African tea for 260afs, the same as last week’s.
Sometimes a slight difference is observed in retail and wholesale prices but in some areas, the difference is huge.
A retailer in Taimany, Abdul Wakeel, sold a 49-kilo Pakistani sugar bag for 2,470afs, 49kg Kazakhstani flour for 1,400afs, 24.5kg Pakistani rice for 1,800afs, 16 litres of Shayest ghee for 1,200, a kilogram of Madina green tea for 260afs and the same amount of black African tea for 280afs.
Gold prices remained stable. Mohammad Fawad, a jeweler in Timor Shahee Road area, said one gram of Arabian gold cost 2,350afs and the same amount of Russian gold 1,800afs, the same rates as of last week’s.
Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of one US dollar was 65.92afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 623afs. Last week's exchange value of the dollar stood at 65.75afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 621afs.
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