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Prices of most of the essential kitchen items especially pulses, tea, ghee/cooking oil, sugar, rice and eggs have witnessed an increase during this past week as compared to the week before it, a survey carried out by Business Recorder revealed here on Saturday.
However, the survey observed that vegetable, chicken and fruit prices witnessed a declining trend during the week.
Chicken price went down from Rs 4,500 per 40kg to Rs 4,200 per 40kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 120 per kg as against Rs 135 per kg, while chicken meat is available at Rs 200 per kg as against Rs 230 per kg.
During this week, prices of all the major pulses witnessed an increase as maash pulse price further jumped from Rs 240 per kg to Rs 260 per kg, moong pulse price jumped from Rs 250 per 40kg to Rs 270 per 40kg, masoor pulse price from Rs 130 per kg to Rs 150 per kg, chana pulse from Rs 150 per kg to Rs 170 per kg, best quality lobia from Rs 180 per kg to Rs 200 per kg,, normal lobia from Rs 150 per kg to Rs 170 per kg, black chaana from Rs 150 per kg to Rs 170 per kg, and whole chaana from Rs 130 per kg to Rs 150 per kg.
The wheat flour price was increased thrice during the week under review, first from Rs 1,060 per 25kg bag to Rs 1,160 per 25kg bag and than from Rs 1,160 per 25kg bag to Rs 1,325 per 25kg bag.
While the flour stopped supplying government controlled wheat flour bag of 20kg in the market, wholesalers and retailers said.
Moreover, sugar price went up from Rs 3,850 per 50kg to Rs 4,100 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.
Similarly, price of Lipton Yellow Label tea pack of 1/5 kg 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 from Rs900 per kg to Rs 930 per kg.
Moreover, an increase in egg prices was also observed, which jumped from Rs 106 per dozen to Rs 115 per dozen, which in retail are being sold at Rs 125-130 per dozen as against Rs 115 per dozen.
During the week, prices of most of the vegetables witnessed a decreasing trend as onion price went down from Rs 400 per 5kg to Rs 350 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 80 per kg against Rs 85 per kg.
Tomato price dipped down from Rs 250 per 5kg to Rs 100 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 35-40 per kg as against Rs 60 per kg, potato price went down from Rs 230 per 5kg to Rs 180 per 5kg, which in retail are being sold at Rs 45 per kg as against Rs 55 per kg.
Garlic price went down from Rs 1,350 per 5kg to Rs 1,200 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 320 per kg as against Rs 350 per kg and Chinese ginger price went down from Rs 1,600 per 5kg to Rs 1,350 per 5kg, which in retail market is being sold at Rs 400 per kg against Rs 440 per kg, while Thai ginger price went down from Rs1,250 per 5kg to Rs 1,100 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 280 per kg as against Rs 320 per kg.
Capsicum price went up from Rs 475 per 5kg to Rs 550 per 5kg, which in retail market is being sold at Rs 150 per kg against Rs 110-120 per kg, Yam (arvi) price remained stable at Rs 670 per 5kg, which in retail market is being sold at Rs 150 per kg, carrot price went down from Rs 200 per 5kg to Rs 160 per 5kg, which in retail are being sold at Rs 40 per kg against Rs 50 per kg, while Chinese carrot price went down from Rs 275 per 5kg to Rs 230 per 5kg, which in retail is available at Rs 55 per kg as against Rs 65 per kg, radish price is stable at Rs 100 per kg, which in retail are being sold at Rs 25-30 per kg.
Brinjal price went further down from Rs 250 per 5kg to Rs 225 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 60 per kg against Rs 65 per kg, peas price went up from Rs 150 per 5kg to Rs 225 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 60 per kg against Rs 35-40 per kg, okra price went down from Rs 650 per 5kg to Rs 550 per 5 kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs 145 per kg as against Rs 160 per kg, various qualities of pumpkin price varied in the range of Rs 150-300 per 5kg against Rs 200-400 per 5kg in wholesales market, which in retail are being sold at Rs 45-75 per kg as against Rs 50-100 per kg.
Overall fruit prices witnessed a declining trend as best quality white apple price went down from Rs 90 per kg to Rs 80 per kg, while normal is available in the range of Rs 60-70 per kg, Pakistan Kalakilo apple price went down from Rs 125 per kg to Rs 120 per kg, Iranian Kalakilo apple price went down from Rs 160 per kg to Rs 135 per kg and golden apple price further went down from Rs 100 per kg to Rs 90 per kg.
Good quality banana is being sold at Rs 80 per dozen as against Rs 100 per dozen, normal quality banana at Rs 45-60 per dozen against Rs 65-70 per dozen, guava price is stable at Rs 45-50 per kg. Various qualities of oranges are available in the range of Rs 60 per dozen to Rs 200 per dozen and strawberry price at Rs 200-250 per kg.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020