Food prices go down in Kabul following rise in Afghani currency value
Prices of certain food items have decreased as the Afghani currency appreciated against two foreign currencies during the outgoing week: US dollar and Pakistani Rupees.
|Items||Prices before||Current prices|
|49-kg bag of Pakistani sugar||2,500 AFN||2,460 AFN|
|16-liter Shahista ghee||1,060 AFN||1,030 AFN|
|49-kg Kazakh flour||1,320 AFN||1,260 AFN|
|24.5kg Pakistani rice||1,550 AFN||1,550 AFN|
|1kg of African black tea||260 AFN|
There have been no changes in the prices of petrol and diesel. One liter petrol cost 39AFN and the same quantity of diesel 36AFN in some parts of Kabul city. The price of one kilogram of liquid gas, on the other hand, has dropped to 40AFN compared to last week’s 45 AFN.
The Afghani saw a sudden appreciation against the US dollar during the outgoing week, standing at 67AFN compared to previous rate of 70AFN.
Traders and merchants at Sarai Shahzada have linked the boost in Afghani currency to the banning of Pakistani Rupees in Kandahar–an initiative taken by General Abdul Raziq.
Provincial police chief of the southern Kandahar province General Raziq has reportedly put a ban on Pakistani Rupees in the province.
Pakistani Rupees (known as ‘Kaldar’ in Afghanistan), is commonly used in southern provinces of Afghanistan including Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces.
Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), has also intensified its efforts to ban usage of Pakistani Rupees across the country.
A letter is circulating Kandahar province in three local languages asking residents to use Afghani instead of foreign currencies.
According to the letter, deals in Pakistani currently are strictly banned and violators will be fined.
Afghanistan’s attempt to ban Pakistani Rupees in the country comes after the recent clash between the two countries in Torkham along the Durand line where the Pakistani authorities constructed a gate, which the Afghan government called an illegitimate and unilateral move.
The clash resulted in heavy casualties including the death of a major Pakistani army major.
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