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Kabul Residents Complain about Food Price Inflation

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Kabul Residents Complain about Food Price Inflation

Kabul residents are once again complaining about the food price inflation

They are concerned that as the month of Ramadan is approaching, Afghan traders and shopkeepers are once again selling foods in high prices, and they do not know the reason for such price inflation since years.

Some residents, whose daily income does not exceed 200afs, demand the government to take measures against the inflation and to control prices in the month of Ramadan.

A resident complains: “When Ramadan approaches, food prices escalate. A pack of milk is 18 afs. A sack of flour is now 1200 afs, while before it was 1000afs. Government needs to control such inflation.”

People have had such complaints since years around the time of Ramadan. However, their voices have not been heard by the relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, people demand the relevant authorities to investigate the causes of inflation in the month of Ramadan and those who are responsible for rising prices should be punished.

However, Head of food traders Fazl-ul-Rahman says that the prices are not that high that people should complain about them.

“We have certain problems. We rely on the outside market. The causes for the high price of food are due to both internal and external. For instance, Afghani should not be unstable and foreign market should not be blocked for us. Prices may go down during Ramadan,” says Mr. Rahman.

Minister of Commerce and Industries, who is in charge of controlling prices, requested national traders to refrain from taking further advantage due to Ramadan.

Prices of food in other Islamic nations tend to go down during the month of Ramadan, while in Afghanistan it is the opposite. As a result of which, many people complain to the government.

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