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Prices of essential kitchen items especially, entire range of pulses, tea, ghee/cooking oil, sugar, rice and eggs have witnessed an increase during this past week as compared to the week before, a survey carried out by Business Recorder revealed here on Saturday.
The survey observed that the maash pulse price jumped up from Rs 8,200 per 40kg to Rs 8,400 per 40kg, moong pulse price jumped up from Rs 8,600 per 40kg to Rs 9,000 per 40kg, masoor pulse price from Rs 4,200 per 40kg to Rs 4,400 per 40kg, chana pulse from Rs 4,800 per 40kg to Rs 5,600 per 40kg, best quality lobia from Rs 7,500 per 40kg to Rs 7,800 per 40kg,, normal lobia from Rs 6,300 per 40kg to Rs 6,600 per 40kg, black chana from Rs 5,300 per 40kg to Rs 5,600 per 40kg, and whole chana from Rs 4,300 per 40kg to Rs 4,500 per 40kg. Traders at Rawalpindi grains' wholesales market, while talking to this correspondent, said that the suppliers had told them of further increase in prices of pulses as well as prices of other essential commodities.
Talking about the fresh increase in the prices of essential kitchen items, they said that according to suppliers, supply shortage was the main reason behind surge in prices.
Moreover, sugar price went up from Rs 3,850 per 50kg to Rs 4,000 per 50kg bag, best quality basmati rice from Rs 5,800 per 40kg bag to Rs 6,200 per 40kg bag, normal quality basmati from Rs 5,600 per 40kg bag to Rs 6,000 per 40kg bag, and broken basmati rice from Rs 2,500 per 40kg to Rs 2,800 per 40kg bag.
Lipton yellow label tea pack of 1/5 kg price went up from Rs 520 per bottle to Rs 560 per bottle, normal ghee price went up from Rs 2,100 per carton to Rs 2,400 per carton, and Islamabad tea price jumped up from Rs 900 per kg to Rs 930 per kg.
Moreover, an increase in egg prices was also observed, which jumped up from Rs 96 per dozen to Rs 100 per dozen, which in retail are being sold at Rs 105-110 per dozen against Rs 105 per dozen, and chicken price went down from Rs 5,500 per 40kg to Rs 5,200 per 40kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 150 per kg as against Rs 160 per kg, while chicken meat is available at Rs 230 per kg as against Rs 260 per kg.
A week ago, wheat flour price jumped up from Rs 1,080 per 25kg bag to Rs 1,190 per bag, packed milk price jumped up from Rs 140 per litre pack to Rs 150 per litre pack, plain bread normal size price jumped up from Rs 50 to Rs 60, and large bread from Rs 70 to Rs 80, while milk cream small pack price jumped up from Rs 100 per pack to Rs 110 per pack, and eggs from Rs 90 per dozen to Rs 94 per dozen.
The prices of branded packed spices such as Shan, Mehran, National and others increased during the past week from Rs 65 per pack to Rs 75 per pack.
However, during the week under review, prices of majority of vegetables witnessed a decrease as price of onions went down from Rs 325 per 5kg to Rs 275 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 70 per kg against Rs 80-85 per kg, potato price went down from Rs 200 per 5kg to Rs 160 per 5kg, which in retail are being sold at Rs 45 per kg as against Rs 50 per kg before.
Meanwhile, tomato price went up from Rs 140 per 5kg to Rs 180 per 5kg, which in retail are being sold at Rs 50 per kg as against Rs 40 per kg before.
Garlic price went down from Rs 1,350 per 5kg to Rs 1,150 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 300 per kg as against Rs 350 per kg, and Chinese ginger price went down from Rs 1,600 per 5kg to Rs 1,250 per 5kg, which in retail market is being sold at Rs 350 per kg as against Rs 440 per kg, while Thai ginger price remained stable at Rs 1,250 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 320 per kg as against Rs 280 per kg.
Overall fruit prices witnessed a declining trend as best quality white apple price went down from Rs 100 per kg to Rs 90 per kg, while normal is available in the range of Rs 65-70 per kg, Pakistan Kalakilo apple price went down from Rs 150 per kg to Rs 125 per kg.

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