Food prices up, as afghani weakens
KABUL (PAN): The prices of food and other daily-use items went up while the rate of gold declined during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.
The price of a 50-kg Brazilian flour rose from 1,850 afs to 2,040 afs and the same quantity of rice increased from 2,300 afs to 3,040 afs, the head of the Food Traders Union said.
Haji Fazal Rahman told Pajhwok Afghan News a 50-kg sack of Pakistani flour was sold for 990 afs against last week’s price of 980 afs and the price of a five-kg Koh-i-Noor ghee tin rose from 420 afs to 440 afs.
A kilo of black tea jumped from 190 afs to 200 afs, while the same amount of green tea soared from 160 afs to 170 afs. He linked the increase to a drop in the value of the afghani against the US currency.
Abdul Baseer, a jeweler in the Lycee-i-Maryam neighbourhood, said the price of one gram of Arabian gold dropped from 2,200 afs to 2,150 afs and the Iranian variety from 1, 900 afs to 1,850 afs.
A litre of petrol fell by one afghani from 59 afs, while diesel remained stable at 57 afs, said Sidiqullah, a filling station owner in the Taimani square.
A gas dealer, Rahmanullah, said one kilogramme of liquefied gas accounted for 45 afs, same as last week’s price.
Moneychanger Ahmad Shah said the buying rate of one US dollar was 51.85afs, while 1,000 Pakistani rupees accounted for 543 afs. Last week\'s exchange value of the greenback stood at 50.80 afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 535afs.
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