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ISLAMABAD: Prices of essential kitchen items including eggs, wheat flour, ghee/cooking oil, pulses, milk have witnessed an increase during this week against preceding week, a survey carried out by Business Recorder revealed Saturday.

The survey noted an increase of Rs25 per 15kg bag of wheat flour, which jumped from Rs950 per 15kg in wholesale market to Rs975 per bag, which in retail is being sold at Rs1,000 per 15kg bag, and sugar price remained unchanged at Rs4,730 per 50kg bag in wholesale market, which in retail is being sold in the range of Rs100-105 per kg.

Egg prices jumped from Rs130 per dozen to Rs133 per dozen in wholesale market, which in retail are being sold at Rs140-145 per dozen. Chicken prices went down from Rs5,800 per 40kg to Rs5,500 per 40kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs155 per kg against Rs165 per kg, while chicken meat is available at Rs250 per kg against Rs260 per kg.

Pulse moong went up from Rs220 per kg to Rs240 per kg, lentil mash jumped from Rs220 per kg to Rs240 per kg, lentil gram from Rs130 per kg to Rs140 per kg, best quality bean lentil from Rs240 per kg to Rs260 per kg, masoor lentil from Rs120 per kg to Rs140 per kg, and whole gram lentil from Rs130 per kg to Rs150 per kg.

Moreover, packed milk prices including Nestle milk pack and Olpers jumped from Rs38 per 200ml to Rs40 per 200ml, local ghee/cooking oil brands such as Phool and Fauji went up from Rs165 per 900gram pack to Rs180 per 900gram pack, and best quality ghee/cooking oil like Dalda/Sufi brands jumped from Rs240 per kg to Rs250 per pack.

However, the survey observed a mixed trend in the prices of vegetables as spinach price went down from Rs35per bundle to Rs30 per bundle, and peas price went up from Rs175 per kg to Rs190 per kg.

The ginger prices in wholesale market went slightly down from Rs2,750 per 5kg to Rs2,700 per 5kg, while in retail is being sold at Rs630 per kg against 650 per kg. Garlic prices went up from Rs700 per 5kg to Rs750 per 5kg, which in retail are being sold at Rs190 per kg against Rs180 per kg.

Tomato price slightly went down from Rs470 per 5kg to Rs450 per 5kg, which in retail are being sold at Rs95 per kg against Rs100 per kg, and potato price went down from Rs350 per 5kg to Rs300 per 5kg, which in retail are being sold at Rs70 per kg against Rs80 per kg, and onion price went up from Rs250 per 5kg to Rs280 per 5kg, which in retail are being sold at Rs65 per kg against Rs60 per kg.

Bean price jumped from Rs485 per 5kg to Rs400 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs95-100 per kg against Rs115 per kg, pumpkin price went down from Rs375 per 5kg to Rs325 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs75 per kg against Rs90 per kg, okra price remained stable at Rs200 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs50 per kg, bitter gourd price also remained stable at Rs350 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs80 per kg.

Capsicum price went up from Rs440 per 5kg to Rs650 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs175 per kg against Rs105 per kg, tinda price jumped from Rs425 per 5kg to Rs450 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs110 per kg against Rs100 per kg.

Fruit prices witnessed a mix trend as best quality Gaja apple was being sold at Rs105 per kg against Rs110 per kg, while normal at Rs85 per kg, best quality golden apple at Rs90 per kg, while normal at Rs65 per kg, best quality Pakistani banana at Rs50 per dozen against Rs80 per dozen, while normal at Rs35-40 per dozen against Rs50-60 per dozen, best quality grapes at Rs275 per kg against Rs250 per kg, while normal in the range of Rs120-190 per kg, peach at Rs230 per kg against Rs200 per kg.

Guava price remained stable at Rs65 per kg, while Nawabpuri chonsa mango price remained stable at Rs175 per kg and sweet orange price went up from Rs90 per dozen to Rs125 per dozen. New arrival pomegranate is being sold at Rs200 per kg and Japani fruit at Rs80 per kg.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020