Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Petrol, firewood & Kazakhstani flour prices down in Kabul

The price of diesel edged up while that of petrol, firewood and Kazakhstani flour dropped during the ongoing week in Kabul. Abdul Hadi, a worker at Wazir Abad Pump Station, told Pajhwok Afghan News the price of a litre of diesel increased from 41afs to 42afs due to its price increase in global markets. However, he said, a litre of petrol price dipped from 45afs to 44afs during this week as compared to the last. Firewood prices decreased during the week. Sayed Islam, a firewood seller in Charahi-i-Shahid area, said 560kg of peeled oak firewood decreased from 6,900 afghanis to 6,700 afghanis and the same quantity of cedar from 6,700 afghanis to 6,500 afghanis. He cited the increasing warm weather behind the low tendency towards firewood, thus the prices are down. Gas prices remained steady. Ahmad Siyar, a gas seller in Kolala Poshta, also confirmed the rate of gas remained steady at 55afs per kilo, the same as of last week’s. In food items only the Kazakhstani flour rate went down. Food Traders Union head Fazal Rahman said the price of a 49kg bag of Kazakhstani flour dropped from 1,160 afghanis to 1,145 afghanis, but other items’ rates remained unchanged. However, he said, the price of a 49kg bag of Pakistani sugar remained steady at 2,230afs, a 24.5-kg bag of Pakistani rice was priced at 1,600afs, and a 16-kg tin of Khurshid ghee cost 1,100afs, the prices as of last week’s. Meanwhile, 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. Sometimes a slight difference is observed in retail and wholesale prices but in some areas, the difference is huge. Ahmad Sharif Malik, who owns a grocery store in Taimani neighborhood, said, 49-kg of Kazakhstani flour was sold for 1,260afs, 49-kg sack of Pakistani sugar for 2,290 afs, 16-litre tin of Khurshid ghee for 1,180afs, 24.5kg sack of Pakistani rice for 1,800afs, a kilo of Madina green tea for 280 afs and the same quantity of African black tea for 300afs. Gold prices also remained stable. Mohammad Fawad, a jeweller in Timor Shahi area, said the price of one gram of Arabian gold was 1,850afs and the same amount Russian variety cost 2,300afs. According to money exchangers’ union in Sara-i-Shahzada, one US dollar accounted for 67.70afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees for 625afs against last week's rates of 67.65afs and 624afs.

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