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Daikundi residents stressed as food prices surge in Ramadan

Daikundi residents stressed as food prices surge in Ramadan

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May 19, 2019 - 09:06

NEILI (Pajhwok): Some residents of central Daikundi province complain the prices of essential food items have increased during the holy month of Ramadaninfo-icon.

The residents expressed concern over the hike in prices of food items in Ramadan as a bag of flour before the holy month was sold for 1,800 afghanis and but now it is sold for 1,950 afghanis.

Salem, an inhabitant of Neili City, said people were facing problems due to the rising food items prices and poor people would face more issues if the price-hike was not controlled.

Mohammad Akhlaq, a shopkeeper in the city, confirmed the prices of all food items had increased by 50 to 100 afghanis in Ramadan.

Gul Naz, a private university student, complained against the hike in food items prices and said many university students went to sleep with empty stomachs due to the increased food items prices.

Niamatullah, another shopkeeper in the city, linked the price-hike to the devaluation of the afghani against US dollar in Kabulinfo-icon and insecurity on highways.

Mayor Khadija Ahmadi said: “We have no right to intervene in open market and control the prices of food items but despite that we monitor the bazaar.”

She also blamed the price-hike on the devaluation of afghani against dollar and said if shopkeepers bought items at low prices, they would certainly sell them at appropriate prices.

Remoteness of the province and ruined roads are contributing to the increase in food prices.

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