AMJAD ALI SHAH
PESHAWAR: Mixed trend in prices of essential food commodities, including vegetable, pulses, fruits, sugar, flour, chicken meat and other was witnessed in retail market, according to survey conducted by Business Recorder here on Sunday.
The survey noticed the price of live chicken/meat has further decreased in local market as available at Rs131 per kg which was selling at Rs155 per kg in the last week. A dozen of farm eggs are being sold at Rs80 and Rs100. Butchers are continued squeezing consumers by charging manifold rate of cow meat, which is being sold at Rs400 and Rs450 per kg due to unchecked by authorities concerned.
Some shopkeepers are selling sugar at Rs75 per kilogram while other at Rs70 per kg in local market, according to the survey. It added that prices of flour have jumped up at Rs50-55 per kg and Rs60 per kg. It was noted that fresh milk is being sold at Rs120 per kg against the official fixed price of Rs80 per kg. Yogurt was available at Rs120 and Rs125 per kg against the official fixed rate of Rs90 per kg. The survey witnessed that the prices of veggies are sky-high in local market, as peas is being sold at Rs150 per kg, arvi at Rs120 per kg and capsicum at Rs80 per kg. However, the price of tomatoes has gone down at Rs20 per kg which was selling at Rs30 per kg in the last, while onion prices are still high-side as available at Rs40 and Rs50 per kg in local market. Ginger is being sold at Rs160 and Rs200 per kg. Chinese garlic was available at Rs150 per kg and locally produced garlic priced at Rs100 and Rs120 per kg. Lemon is being sold at Rs100 and Rs120 per kg. Green chili is being sold at Rs150 per kg. Cucumber is being sold at Rs30 and Rs40 per kg.
Cauliflower is being sold at Rs40 per kg which was available at Rs50-60 per kg in last week. Cabbage is being sold at Rs50 per kg. Bitter groud (Kerala) is being sold at Rs80 per kg. Bringle was available at Rs40 per kg. Tori is being sold at Rs40 per kg, while apple and round gourds are being sold within range of Rs60 and Rs70 per kg. According to the survey, the prices of pulses/food grains were remained unchanged in local market. Gram flour (baisen) is being sold at Rs120 per kg against the price of Rs140 per kg in the previous week. Sugar is being sold at Rs70 and Rs72 per kg.
Good quality rice (sela) is being sold at Rs150 per kg and Rs140 per kg, while toota rice priced at Rs80 per kg. Big size white channa is being sold at Rs140 and Rs120 per kg.
Dal mash is available at Rs140 per kg, dal masoor at Rs100 per kg and Rs90 per kg, the survey noticed, and added that dhoti dal priced at Rs130 per kg, red bean is being sold at Rs140 and Rs180 per kg which was selling at Rs120 and Rs160 per kg respectively. Moonge is being sold at Rs150 per kg.
The survey further said that white lobiya is being sold at Rs120 per kg which was selling at Rs110 per kg. Dal chilka (black) was available at Rs140 per kg while dal chilka (green) priced at Rs130 per kg. Dal channa is being sold at Rs120 per kg. According to the survey, the prices of cooking oil/ghee of different brands and quality were remained unchanged in the retail market as available within range of Rs170, Rs180 and Rs200 per litre/kg.
The prices of fruits also decreased in local market, the survey said. Water melon is being sold at Rs20 per kg against Rs30 per kg; melon is being sold at Rs30 per kg against the price of Rs50 per kg in the previous week.
Green coloured apple is being sold at Rs120 per kg against the price of Rs100 per kg in the previous week, while red-coloured apples are being available at Rs150 and Rs200 per kg in local market. Peach is being sold at Rs150 per kg.