KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of cooking oil, rice and diesel have increased while that of flour, sugar, gold and value of US dollar dipped during the outgoing week in capital Kabul, market sources said Saturday.
A worker of Hashemi Fuel Station in Taimani area of Kabul said the price of one liter of diesel increased from 48 Afghanis to 50 Afghanis while that of petrol stood at 46 Afghanis this week.
Mohammad Sharif, a liquefied gas seller in Kolola Pushta area of Kabul said the price of one kilogram of the commodity remained unchanged 60afs.
Fuel prices were usually getting down with the arrival of spring in previous years, but the rates of the commodities remain high as the new solar year enters a second month.
After a massive fire that destroyed hundreds of trucks and fuel tankers in Herat province a few months ago, the rates of fuel averagely increased from six to 10 percent.
The rates of cooking oil and rice have also increased.
Zamari Safi, head of Food Traders Union in Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the wholesale price of a tin of 16 liters of Malaysian cooking oil increased from 1,630afs to 1,705afs and a bag of 24 kilograms of Pakistani rice from 2,180afs to 2,200afs.
However, he said that the rates of a 49 kilograms bag of Indian sugar was decreased from 2,230afs to 2,200afs and a bag of49kg of Kazakhstani flour from 1,780afs to 1,750afs.
He said that a kilogram of African black tea cost 330afs and the same quantity of Indonesian green tea 280afs, the same rates of last week’s.
Hamed Sofizada, a retailer in Dahan-i-Bagh market in Kabul, said a 49kg bag of Kazakhstani flour cost 1,770afs, a 49kg sack of Indian sugar 2,270afs and a 24kg bag of Pakistani rice 2,220afs.
A 16 liters tin of Malaysian ghee cost 1,650afs, one kilogram of Indonesian green tea 300afs and the same quantity of African black tea 350afs, he said.
Gold rates declined.
Mohamad Javid, a jeweler in the Lycee Mariam area of Kabul, told Pajhwok that the price of one gram of Arabian gold rose from 3,650afs to 3,600afs and the same quantity of Russian gold from 3,110afs to 3,000afs.
Haji Hussain, owner of the Sadaqat Money Exchange Service in Kabul, said one US dollar accounted for 77.45afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees 492afs, against last week’s 77.60afs and 499afs.