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PESHAWAR: A mixed trend in the prices of essential food commodities, including chicken/ meat, eggs, sugar, flour, cooking oil, vegetables and others edibles was witnessed in the retail market, according to a survey carried out by Business Recorder here on Sunday.

A one-kilogramme chicken was being sold at Rs196 against the price of Rs185 per kilogramme in the retail market. However, the prices of farm eggs remained unchanged as they were available at Rs190-200 per dozen in the local market.

However, the survey noticed the price of sugar has decreased at Rs95/- per kilogramme from Rs100/- per kilogramme while some shopkeepers are continuing to charge Rs100/- per kilogramme in the local market.

The market sources said the prices would further go up in coming days after increase in taxes through ‘mini-budget’, electricity and gas tariffs hike and fresh surge in prices of petroleum commodities.

Are there any authorities to keep check on the rising prices of food items, buyers complained? They urged the government to take actions against profiteers and hoarders to give relief to poverty-hit masses.

However, fresh milk was being sold at Rs150-160 per litre while yogurt was being available at Rs120-140 per kilogramme.

Similarly, the prices of wheat flour and fine flour were remained on higher side in the local market, as survey witnessed a 20-kg flour bag was being sold at Rs1250-1300/- in open market, while 80-kg fine flour sac was available at Rs6500-7000/- in the wholesale market.

According to the survey, prices of different brands and qualities of cooking oil/ghee also touched a new peak in the local market as they were available within the range of Rs280-300 per kg/litre in wholesale, and Rs350-400/- per kilogramme/litre in the retail market.

A mixed trend in prices of vegetables witnessed in the local market, the survey noted. One-kilogramme of tomatoes was being sold at Rs40-50/- against the price of Rs70 per kilogramme during the previous week, while onion was available at Rs50-60 per kilogramme.

However, the price of ginger decreased to Rs350/- per kilogramme from Rs400/- per kilogramme, whereas garlic was available at Rs200-250 per kg. Cucumber was available at Rs40-50 per kg, green chilli at Rs160 per kg, while one-kilogramme lemon was available at Rs120 per kg.

Peas were available at Rs80 per kilogramme, arvi at Rs100 per kilogramme, cauliflower at Rs80 per kg, red-potatoes at Rs60-70 per kilogramme, cabbage at Rs80 per kilogramme, bringal at Rs50/- per kilogramme. Round gourds were available within range of Rs80-90/- per kilogramme, while ladyfinger was available at Rs100-150/- per kilogramme, one-kilogramme karela (bitter gourd) was being sold at Rs150, and Spinach was available at Rs30 per bundle.

Prices of pulses/food grains remained unchanged in the retail market. Good quality rice (sela) was available at Rs160/- per kilogramme, while toota rice was available at Rs80-90/- per kilogramme. Gram flour (baisen) was being sold within the range of Rs80-100/- per kilogramme in the retail market.

Dal mash was being sold at Rs280-300 per kg; big-size white chana (gram) was available at Rs160 per kg, dal chilka (green) at Rs140 per kg, dal chilka (black) at Rs160 per kg. Dal Moong was available at Rs200 per kg. Dhoti dal was being sold at Rs240 per kg.

Apples are being sold at Rs140-150 per kg against the price of Rs80 per kg previous week, apricot at Rs250 per kg against the rate of Rs160 per kg, the survey noted.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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