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Gold, firewood prices down, flour up in Kabul

Gold, firewood prices down, flour up in Kabul

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Feb 18, 2017 - 20:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The prices of gold, firewood and flour increased while that of sugar decreased last week in Kabul, market sources said Saturday.

The week also saw the Afghani currency depreciating against the US dollar and the Pakistani rupee in the open market.

Sayed Islam, a firewood seller in Charahi-i-Shahid area of Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News the price of 560 kilograms of peeled oak increased from 6,800 afghanis to 6,900 afghanis and the same quantity of cedar from 6,600afs to 6,700afs.

He linked the hike in firewood prices to their low imports and closure of roads by snowfalls.

However, the prices of liquefied gas and fuel remain unchanged. Ahmad Siyar, a gas seller in Kolola Poshta, sold a kilogram of gas at 55afs, the same rate as of last week’s.

Abdul Hadi, a worker at Wazirabad Fuel Station, said a liter of petrol cost 45afs and the same quantity of diesel 41afs, registering no change.

The price of sugar went down during the week but of flour slightly increased. Food Traders Union head, Fazal Rahman, said the price of 49 kilograms of Kazakh flour increased from 1,120afs to 1,130afs.

But the rate of 49kg of Pakistani sugar decreased from 2,260afs to 2,230afs due to its high imports. The price of 24.5kg of Pakistani rice stood at 1,600afs and 16-kg tin of Khurshid ghee1,100afs, the same prices of last week’s.

Haji Rahmatullah, a tea seller in Kabul Mandavi, said a kilogram of Madina green tea cost 240afs and the same amount of African black tea 260afs, the same rates as of last week’s.

Ahmad Sharif, who owns a grocery store in Taimani neighborhood, said a 49kg bag of Kazakhstani flour was sold for 1,230afs, 49kg sack of Pakistani sugar for 2,330afs.

He sold 16-litre tin of Khurshid ghee for 1,180afs, 24.5kg sack of Pakistani rice for 1,800afs, a kilo of Madina green tea for 280afs and the same quantity of African black tea for 300afs -- higher than wholesale prices.

The prices of gold also increased. Mohammad Fawad, a jeweller in Timor Shahi area, said the price of one gram of Arabian gold increased from 2,250afs to 2,300afs and the same quantity of Russian variety from 1,750af to 1,800afs.

According to moneychangers’ union in Sara-i-Shahzada, one US dollar was accounted for 67.45afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees for 625afs against last week's 66.85afs and 618afs.

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