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Dried fruit prices 22pc down compared to last Eid

Dried fruit prices 22pc down compared to last Eid

May 18, 2020 - 15:26

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Prices of some dried fruits show a 22 percent decline as compared to their rates ahead of last year’s Eidul Ftir due to the spread of coronavirus this year, Pajhwok Afghan News learned on Monday.

Afghans wear new clothes on Eid and visit friends and families after Eid prayers. People serve guests with different types of dried, fresh fruits, cakes and sweets.

On the eve of Eid, bazaars become crowded and people make all their necessary preparations. They purchase Eid related items and decorate their homes.

Despite continuous warnings from the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon (MoPH) and doctors regarding the spread and threat of coronavirus, Kabul City witnessed large crowds of people these days.

A Pajhwok reporter visited the city and met shopkeepers, customers and inquired about crowds and congestion in the city

Rizwi Sweet in Abdul Haq Square sold one kilogram of almond for 1,000 afghanis, one kilogram of pistachio for 850 afghanis, one kilogram of walnut for 1,000 afghanis, one kilogram of raisin for 500 afghanis and one kilogram of pea for 200 afghanis.

But according to Pajhwok Afghan News last year report, the prices of one kilogram of almond was 1,400 afghanis, one kilogram of walnut 900 afghanis, one kilogram of pistachio 1,050 afghanis, one kilograms of raisin 650 afghanis and one kilogram of pea 300 afghanis.

In charge of Rizwi Sweet said the spread of coronavirus, halt to exports from the country and decline in demand for dried fruits in the country resulted in the reduction of prices.  He said this year there was a drastic decline in customer’s demand.

However, he said prices of chocolate, biscuit, cake and sweet almond remained unchanged compared to last year’s Eid.

He said the price of one kilogram of biscuit was 200 afghanis, one kilogram of Semyan 170 afghanis and one kilogram of sweet almond 250 Afghanis.

Earlier, the public health minister had told people to celebrate Eid festival inside their houses and refrain from eating dried fruits.

People eager to celebrate Eid:

Gulali, a resident of Qasaba locality who got necessary preparation for Eid, said: “Forget coronavirus, this is Eid and if we don’t celebrate it and don’t visit our relatives, what will remain in life. Let’s hope for better whatever happens.” Gulali completed Eid related shopping, cooked some cakes, sweets and waiting for Eid to come.

Khalida, a resident of Qala-i-Zaman Khan area, said she had completed all preparations for Eid and wanted to celebrate the religious festival the way they celebrated in the past.

Some Kabul residents against Eid celebration:

Sosan, a resident of Bagh-i-Bala area, said: “We will celebrate Eid at home and will go out, we have made some food at home to celebrate Eid and will not go out.”

She said everyone should take coronavirus seriously and remain inside homes. People should also refrain from buying unhealthy food, she said.



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