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Sugar, gas prices go up in Kabul

Sugar, gas prices go up in Kabul

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Feb 06, 2014 - 16:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Prices of sugar and liquefied gas rose and other daily-use item rates stayed steady during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.

The price of a 50-kg bag of Pakistani sugar registered a 50afs increase against last week’s rate of 1500afs, said Fazal Rahman, the Food Traders Union head.

There has been no change in rates of other food items, as a 50-kg sack of Pakistani flour cost 1300afs, a 24-kg bag of rice 1,800afs and a 5-litre tin of Momin ghee 380afs.

One kilogram of Vietnamese green tea accounted for 170afs and the same amount of African black tea 210afs -- same rates as last week’s.

But Khan Ali, a retailer in the Karta-i-Seh area of Kabul, sold a 49-kg sack of Pakistani flour for 1,370afs and a 50-kg bag of sugar for 1,700afs.

He sold a 24-kg sack of rice for 2,000afs, a 5-litre tin of Momin cooking oil for 460afs, a kilogram of black African tea for 230afs and the same quantity of Vietnamese tea for 200afs.

The rate of liquefied gas shot up during the outgoing week. A seller in Kolola Pushta neighbourhood, Mohammad Sharif, sold one kilogram of gas for 55afs against last week’s 50afs.

However, the Ministry of Commerce has fixed the rate of a kilogram of gas at 48afs. An official at the ministry, Baryalai Rahmani, said they could not maintain the rate because snowfall had blocked most of roads.

Rates of firewood and petroleum products also remained unchanged during the week. A Wazirabad-based fuel tanker owner, Abdul Hadi, said one litre of diesel cost 62afs and the same quantity of petrol 57afs, the same prices as previous week.

Jeweler Abdul Basir said one gram of Arabian gold was priced at 2,100afs and the same amount of the Iranian variety 1,700afs, registering no change.

Moneychanger Ahmad Shah sold one US dollar for 57.05afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees for 529afs. Last week’s exchange value of a USD was 57.10afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees 530afs.

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