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Manifold increase registered in daily commodities items

July 28, 2014



revealed a survey conducted by Business Recorder here on Saturday.

Except a slight decline in some vegetables rates, prices of most other perishable and non-perishable food items increased manifold in the week ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr as compared to the preceding week, Traders from different markets of the twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad were of the view that prices of entire range of kitchen items increased manifold including fruits, sweets, chicken, meat and rice during the week past as compared to the preceding week.

They further said that high rates kept the common people away from Eid shopping; however people from different walks of life lamented that the government failed to keep check on the hoarders and profiteers, who are looting people by creating artificial inflation.

It was further observed that prices in posh areas of the twin cities were higher by 20-30 percent as compared to other low middle class and poor areas. During a visit to different markets of the twin cities it was noted that there was slight decline in prices of some vegetables as carrot was available at Rs 50 per kg against Rs 70 per kg, pumpkin at Rs 40 per kg against Rs 50 per kg last week as compared to the preceding week.

However a sharp increase in other vegetables was witnessed as tomato prices touched the figure of Rs 100 per kg during the week past against Rs 60-70 in the preceding week, potato price increased from Rs 80 per kg against Rs 70 per kg, onion price increased from Rs 50 per kg to Rs 70-80 per kg and shimla mirch price from Rs 70 to Rs 80 per kg. A significant increase was also witnessed in fruits prices as different varieties of mangoes were sold at Rs 100-180 per kg in the week past as compared to Rs 70-120 per kg in the preceding week. Bananas were being sold at Rs 200-240 per dozen against Rs 160-200 and apple was being sold at Rs 100-250 per kg against Rs 80-180 per kg whereas melon at Rs 40 against Rs 30 per kg in the week past as compared to the preceding week.

Meat was being sold at different rates in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, as mutton was being sold at Rs 620-650 per kg, while beef was available at Rs 350-400 per kg. However different varieties of rice witnessed an increase of Rs 3-5 per kg. The survey noted increase in entire range of sweets by Rs 30-50 per kg.

The prices of non perishable food items including basin was Rs 130 per kg, dates were being sold at Rs 160-200 per kg, wheat flour bag 10 kg was being sold at Rs 395-400, vegetable ghee loose at Rs 160-170 per kg, vegetable ghee tin (2.5kg) at Rs 510, cooking oil tin (2.5-liter) was being sold at Rs 540, moong pulse washed at Rs 160 per kg, masoor pulse washed at Rs 128 per kg, mash pulse washed at Rs 149 per Kg without any significant changes.


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Source: National Herald Tribune (Pakistan)


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