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Sugar, ghee prices down, rice up in Kabul

Sugar, ghee prices down, rice up in Kabul

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Mar 18, 2017 - 17:57

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The prices of sugar, ghee and diesel have dipped while that of rice has increased in the capital Kabul this week, markets sources said Saturday.

Abdul Hadi, a worker at the Wazirabad Fuel Station, said the prices a litre of diesel decreased from 42 afghanis to 41 afs while the same quantity of petrol cost 44afs, the same as last week’s.

Syed Islam, a firewood seller in Charahi-i-Shahid area, told Pajhwok Afghan News 560 kilograms of peeled oak cost 6,500.

Ahmad Javid, a gas seller in the Sixth Taimani Road area, sold a kilogram of gas for 53afs. The prices of sugar and ghee decreased but that of rice jumped.

Food Traders Union head Fazal Rahman said the price of 49 kilograms of Pakistani sugar  fell from 2,600afs to 2,500afs and 16 liters of ghee from 1,150afs to 1,100afs.

However, the price of 24.5 kilograms of Pakistani rice increased from 1,600afs to 1,650afs. He linked the hike in rice price to the continued closure of the border with Pakistaninfo-icon.

Fazal Rahman said the price of 50 kilograms of Kazakh flour was 1,160afs, the same as last week’s.

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 last week’s.

Ahmad Sharif, who owns a grocery store in Taimani neighborhood, said, 49kg of Kazakhstani flour sold for 1,300afs, a 49kg sack of Pakistani sugar for 2,600afs.

He sold a 16-litre tin of ghee for 1,200afs, a 24.5kg sack of Pakistani rice for 1,850afs, 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 increased. Mohammad Fawad, a jeweller in Timor Shahi area, said one gram of Arabian gold cost 2,300afs. But the rate of one gram of Russian gold increased from 1,800 to 1,850afs.

According to moneychangers’ union in Sara-i-Shahzada, one US dollar accounted for 68.23afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees for 630afs against last week's rates of 68.30afs and 623afs respectively.

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