Essential items prices witness 20 to 30 percent increase

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ISLAMABAD : The prices of vegetables, fruits and other essential commodities are increasing substantially with each passing day, squeezing the purchasing power of common man to make the both ends meet. A survey conducted by Business Recorder revealed that prices of vegetables, fruits and others commodities witnessed substantial increase, 20 to 30 percent, during last week.The price of apple jumped from Rs 100 to Rs 120 per kg, whereas Banana to Rs 100 per dozen against its previous price of Rs 80, mango is available at Rs 80 per kg against Rs 60 of last week, guava at Rs 90 per kg against its previous price of Rs 80 per kg, whereas grape s price shot up to Rs 260 from Rs 120 per kg. Dates are being sold at all time high ie, Rs 350 per kg.Cucumber was available at Rs 100 against its previous price of Rs 70. The small bunch of coriander leaves was available at Rs 50. Onion price also witnessed increase as it is being sold at Rs 40 against Rs 35 per kg of last week. Tomato is being sold at the same price of Rs 80-90 per kg, whereas the price of potatoes swelled to Rs 50 from the previous rate of Rs 40 per kg. The price of ghee and cooking oil swelled by Rs 2 and Rs 4 per kg/litre, respectively.Butchers have also increased the prices of meat, as beef is being sold at Rs 230 per kg, while boneless beef was available at Rs 290 per kg. Similarly, mutton is available at Rs 380 per kg. White meat was being sold at Rs 220 per kg. The price of fresh milk depends on the quantity of water mixed in it. Rates start from Rs 36 per litre and go up to Rs 80, while yoghurt is being sold between Rs 45 and Rs 70 per kg.However, the prices of pulses, basin, dry milk and rice remain unchanged during the week. The disruption in supplies from the flood-affected areas also caused price hike, a retailer said, adding most of the crops of flood-ravaged areas were washed away and the remaining stock is being transported to the cities at high fares, which added fuel to fire in terms of price escalation.

Courtesy : Business Recorder

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