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Ghazni residents complain about rising food prices

Ghazni residents complain about rising food prices

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18 Apr 2022 - 17:36
Ghazni residents complain about rising food prices
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18 Apr 2022 - 17:36

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents of southern Ghazni province say food prices have skyrocketed during the holy month of Ramadan and many people are unable to afford them.

Mohammad Akram, a resident of Ghazni city, told Pajhwok Afghan News that food prices used to rise every year during Ramadan, but his year the food prices were higher than ever before.

He added: “Previously, the price of a kilogram of tomatoes was 40 afghanis but now it has gone up to 100 afghanis. Earlier, the price of a kilogram of okra was 50 afghanis, now it is sold for 120 afghanis and similarly the prices of other items have increased.

He said food prices had risen at a time when people’s economic situation had recently weakened and they were unable to afford even the most basic necessities.

He expressed concern that if the concerned authorities did not take action to control prices, the rates would further go up.

Ezatullah, who runs a handcart in Ghazni City, also complained about rising food prices. He told Pajhwok Afghan News that he was working day and night but could not earn enough money to feed his children because of increased food prices.

He said he and his family were forced to eat dry bread because they could not afford to buy anything else. He also called on the authorities to take action to control prices.

Hazratullah, another resident of Ghazni, said that after the political changes last year, almost all the people had suffered severely economically, but some traders had resorted to monopoly.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News that it was the government’s duty to take legal action against hoarders and take necessary steps to control prices.

He said that in the past, traders used to complain that their goods were being delayed and money was being taken from them along the roads.

Ghazni Mayor Abdul Razzaq Ziaee told Pajhwok Afghan News that the chamber of commerce and shopkeepers had worked out a price list for food items and a committee had been set up to implement it.

He says he has recently closed a number of shops over artificial increase in food prices and those who raised prices would be dealt with legally. He added that traders have also promised to help the municipality reduce prices.


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