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Afghan-Pak border tension: Edibles prices up in Kabul

Afghan-Pak border tension: Edibles prices up in Kabul

Mar 11, 2017 - 17:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The prices of liquefied gas, firewood and Russian gold dipped while that of sugar, ghee and flour increased last week in capital Kabul, market sources said Saturday.

Sayed Islam, a firewood seller in Charahi-i-Shahid area of Kabul city, told Pajhwok Afghan News the price of 560 kilograms of peeled oak decreased from 6,700 afghanis to 6,500 afghanis and the same quantity of cedar from 6,500afs to 6,300afs.

He linked the reduction in firewood prices to its decreased demand and warming weather.

The price of liquefied gas also decreased. Ahmad Javid, a gas seller in the Sixth Taimani Road area, sold a kilogram of the commodity for 53afs against last week’s 55afs.

Fuel prices remained unchanged. Abdul Hadi, a worker at Wazir Abad Fuel Station, said a liter of petrol cost 45afs and the same quantity of diesel 41afs, registering no change.

In food items, the prices of only flour and sugar increased.

Food Traders Union head, Fazal Rahman, said the price of 49 kilograms of Kazakh flour increased from 1,145afs to 1,160afs, the same quantity of Pakistani sugar from 2,230afs to 2,600 and 16 liters of Khurshid ghee from 1,100afs to 1,150afs.

He said the closure of borders with Pakistaninfo-icon and the hike in flour price in Kazakhstan were reasons behind the increase.

Pakistan has closed transit ports with Afghanistaninfo-icon since three weeks.

However, the prices of rice and tea also remained steady. Fazal Rahman said 24.5 kilograms of Pakistani rice cost 1,600afs.

Haji Rahmatullah, a tea seller in Kabul Mandavi, said a kilogram of Madina green tea cost 240afs and the same amount of African black tea 260afs, the same rates as of last week’s.

Ahmad Sharif, who owns a grocery store in Taimani neighborhood, said, 49kg of Kazakhstani flour was sold for 1,300afs, 49kg sack of Pakistani sugar for 2,800afs.

He sold 16-litre tin of Khurshid ghee for 1,250afs, 24.5kg sack of Pakistani rice for 1,800afs, a kilo of Madina green tea for 280afs and the same quantity of African black tea for 300afs -- higher than wholesale prices.

The price of Russian gold also decreased. Mohammad Fawad, a jeweller in Timor Shahi area, said the price of one gram of Arabian gold cost 2,300afs. But he said the price of one gram of Russian gold decreased from 1,850afs to 1,800afs due to its low demand.

According to moneychangers’ union in Sara-i-Shahzada, one US dollar was accounted for 68.30afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees for 630afs against last week's 67.70afs and 625afs.

Haji Khan Mohammad, deputy head of moneychangers’ union, said the afghani’s value decreased after Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) invalidated old banknotes in late August.

The DAB had announced exchanging old banknotes until the end of Assad month of next solar yearinfo-icon or late August.



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