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PESHAWAR: A nominal decrease in prices of important kitchen items, except sugar, pulses, vegetables and others was witnessed in the retail market, said in a weekly survey.

The survey conducted by Business Recorder here on Sunday revealed that prices were downward as effects of reduction in fuel prices have started seeing in the provincial capital Peshawar.

Flour prices have been reduced in the wholesale and retail markets in Peshawar after lifting ban on wheat and flour in Punjab and issuance of permits to the dealers, according to the survey. 80 kg sac flour was available at Rs 11,500 which was selling at Rs 14,500 and Rs 15,600 in the previous week, showing decrease of Rs3000 per bag, the survey noted.

It further said a 20kg flour bag available at Rs3500-3700 had been dropped at Rs2600-2800 in both wholesale and retail markets.

Similarly, the survey observed a decrease of Rs5 per kilo in chicken meat was witnessed, after which live chicken price reduced at Rs420 per kilo in the retail market.

However, it was noted that prices of farm eggs remained high-side, available at Rs280-300 per dozen in the local market. Similarly, the survey added price of farm eggs remained unchanged as available at Rs280/dozen while Chinese being sold at Rs400/dozen and hen eggs at Rs500/dozen in the local market.

On a visit to the local market in the provincial capital, it was witnessed that the local administration kept mum as butchers continuously squeezing consumers by charging artificial rates. One kg cow meat without bone was being sold at Rs900 the survey said.

The survey also witnessed prices of edible oil and ghee of various brands had dropped from Rs10 to R20 per litre/kg.

Sugar price was still high as available at Rs125 per kg in the local market, it added.

It was also noticed that the milk sellers have openly defied the official price list and are selling fresh milk at self-imposed rate. According to the survey, a litre of fresh milk available at Rs 220-240 against the official fixed price of both low and high quality Rs160/180/litre. Yogurt was also sold at self-imposed rate as available at Rs 200-210/kg and Rs220/kg, it added.

According to the survey, prices of vegetables remained sky-rocketed in the retail market. The survey said the price of one kg ginger has increased to Rs800/kg from Rs650/kg. Garlic was unchanged as available at Rs300/kg which was selling at Rs360 in the last week, it added. Similarly the Peas is being sold at Rs200-180/kg, Arvi at Rs200/kg, Zucchini (tori) at Rs70/kg, Karela (bitter gourd) at Rs100/kg and Onion Rs80/kg while the price of green chilly is Rs 120/kg, tomato was being sold at Rs60-70/kg and eggplant (bringle) Rs80/kg, cabbage at Rs100/kg, cauliflower at Rs80/kg, capsicum at Rs150-160/- per kg, tinda at Rs100/- per kg, red-colored potatoes available at Rs70-80/- per kg while white-colored potatoes are sold at Rs50/- per kg.

Prices of pulses/food grains remained unchanged in the local market, the survey noted. It added a good quality (sela) was available at Rs320-330/kg, while low quality rice available at Rs300/kg against price of Rs280/kg, while tota rice was available at Rs150/kg and Rs160/kg in the previous week, the survey noted.

Similarly, price of dal mash was available at Rs420/kg, dal masoor at Rs320, dal chilka (black) at Rs280/kg, dal chilka (green) at Rs240/kg, moonge at Rs240/kg, dhoti dal at Rs280/kg, dal channa at Rs280/- per kg, white lobiya at Rs240/kg, Gram flour (baisen) at Rs280/kg, red bean from Rs300/kg, big-size white channa at Rs380/kg, small-size white channa from Rs250/kg to Rs280/kg, the survey said.

The price of black tea has remained high as available at Rs1800 per kg in the previous week, the survey said.

On the other hand, the survey also noted that the packed and powder milk as well as baby milk prices remained high-side in the local market. Also, prices of baby milk powder of various brands and qualities, diapers, daily use/ non-essential items like soap, toothpaste, medicines/life-saving drugs and others are continuing to rise with each passing day.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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