Prices of vegetable and other essential items plummet, except rates of tomato, chicken, pulses still remain on high side in retail market, due to considerable reduction in rates of petroleum products during last two week, according to survey conducted by Business Recorder here on Sunday.
In a visit to local market here in provincial capital, prices of vegetable have been decreased from 70 to 80 per cent, however, rates of all kind of pulses, except rice remained firm despite fresh arrival of these items. A five-kilogram onion is being sold at Rs 100, which was selling at Rs 150 in preceding week, while price of tomato also decreased as five-kg available at Rs 240 against Rs 320 in the previous week. A five-kilogram potato is available at Rs 150, which was selling at Rs 350, a five-Kg during last week.
Similarly, a five-kilogram ginger is available at Rs 160 against Rs 240, while a five-Kg garlic being sold at Rs 100, against Rs 160. Cucumber is available at Rs 200, a five-kilogram and green-chili, a five-kg being sold at Rs 60, which was selling at Rs 120 during last week. In the market, only Shimla mirch, lady finger and peas are available at high rates; as Rs 500, Rs 420 and Rs 500, a five-kilogram respectively. A five-Kg arvi is available at Rs 200, five-kg cabbage at Rs 100. Almost; prices of other veggies also registered a decline of 50 to 70 Per cent, as a five-kg kalabash is available at Rs 150, turnip at Rs 100, and bringal at Rs 100, a five-kg. Traders in local market said the prices of pulses and other food grains have not been declined, but only rates of rice registered a decrease due to low export of the food item, particularly rejection from India. A-49 kilogram bag of high quality rice is available at Rs 5500 and 5800, which was selling at Rs 6000 and Rs 6500 during the preceding week. Similarly, rates of Dal maach also decreased at Rs 7400 from Rs 7800 and a 49-Kg sac of Dooti dal is available at Rs 7250, which was selling at Rs 7950 during preceding week. A-49 kg bag of sugar is being sold at Rs 2520 against Rs 2800.
According to survey, it was noticed that prices of all kind of pulses remained high side, despite the huge reduction in rates of petroleum products over past two to three weeks, as a 49-Kg sac of moonge is being sold at Rs 7000, Dal channa at Rs 3700, Dal malaka masoor at Rs 6000, big white channa Rs 4000, red bean at Rs 4500. A-49 kilogram bag of red mawa, available at Rs 6200.
The survey noted that prices of all brands and quality of ghee/cooking oil also remained high side, as a tin of 16-kilogram is available Rs 2400, Rs 2260 and Rs 1700, while a 10-litre gallon of cooking oil is being sold at Rs 1670, five-kg gallon available at Rs 940 and 16-litre high quality cooking oil is being sold at Rs 2170. while the low quality ghee is available at Rs 600. A-20 kilogram flour bag is sold at Rs 810 and Rs 830, while 85-Kg sac is available at Rs 3400 and fine atta sac being sold at Rs 4000.
Similarly, according to survey, chicken meat is being sold at Rs 175, while a live chicken available with range of Rs 250 to Rs 270. A dozen of egg is being sold at Rs 150, Rs 130 and, Rs 120. One litre of fresh milk is available at Rs 90, Rs 80 and Rs 70, and yogurt at Rs 90 and 80 per kilogram. Cow meat is available at Rs 300 per kilogram, while mutton being sold at Rs 600 and Rs 650 per kilogram.
Traders at retail market of Peshawar, viewed the prices daily usage items would go further decline, if the petroleum prices again fall in same pace in coming days. They, however, viewed that prices of almost all kind food grains remained unchanged as rates of these commodities can’t be determined with fluctuation of petroleum products, rather its depend on yield of production.
The surveys notice that despite the decrease in the prices, vendors are still charging the consumers with old rates. Buyers urged the administration to take strict action against the violators and consumers blamed the shopkeepers and administration for retaining high prices of food items, despite substantial cut in PoL commodities rates. We hoped to get relief from the decision of government, but nothing happened like that, say Javed Akbar, who buying cauliflower in main vegetable market in city. He asked the authorities to keep strict check on the artificial raise in food commodities, and give relief to poverty stricken masses after the huge cut in the rates of petroleum products.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/pakistan-prices-of-fresh-vegetables-decline)