Price of gold, flour and fuel go up in Kabul

by Wadsam | August 23, 2013 7:06 am

grocery store[1]Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report-Prices of flour, rice, fuel and gold edged up during the outgoing week in Kabul, where rates of other daily-use commodities stayed stable, market sources  said on Thursday.

The price of a 49-kg bag of Pakistani rice jumped from 1,23 to 1,2500 AFN due to a shortage of the staple commodity in the neighboring country, the Food Traders’ Union head said.

Fazal Rahman told Pajhwok Afghan News a 49-kg bag of rice sold for 1,800 AFN, a 50-kg bag of sugar for 1,750 AFN, a 5-litre cane of Momin ghee for 400 AFN, a kg of Indonesian green tea for 175 AFN and the same quantity of African black tea for 210 AFN.

But wholesale prices varied from retail rates in some parts of the city. Khan Ali, a shopkeeper in the Karta-i-Seh locality, sold a 50-kg sack of Pakistani sugar for 1,950 AFN a 49-kg of flour for 1,280 AFN, 24-kg rice for 2,200 AFN, a 5-litre cane of Momin ghee for 460 AFN 49 kilograms, a kilo of black African team for 270 AFN and the same quantity of Indonesian green tea for 230 AFN.

A litre of petrol cost went up to 62 AFN from last week’s rate of 58 AFN while the same amount of diesel stayed unchanged at 63 AFN, said Abdul Hadi, a pump station manager in the Wazirabad area.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Sharif, a gas dealer in Kolola Pushta area, sold a kg of liquefied gas for 47 AFN, same as last week’s rate.

Gold prices also increased, with one gram of Arabian gold going up 2,100 AFN to 2,150 AFN and the same amount of the Iranian variety from 1,750 AFN to 1,800 AFN, said Haji Hamid Saleh, a jeweler in the Lycee-i-Maryam neighborhood.

The exchange value of one US dollar rose from 56.65 AFN to 56.70  AFN and 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 548 AFN to 549 AFN, money exchanger Ahmad Shah said.

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