Prices for kitchen essentials are on an upward trend – Markets
ISLAMABAD: Following a rise in high-speed gasoline and diesel prices, prices of kitchen essentials have been on an upward trend this week compared to the previous week, a survey by company registrar here Saturday.
The survey observed that the price of chicken increased from Rs 12,000 to Rs 12,500 per 40 kg in the wholesale market which at retail is sold at Rs 330 per kg against Rs 310 per kg, while the price of chicken meat increased from Rs 480 per kg to Rs. 530 per kilogram. The price of eggs remained stable at Rs 4,600 per carton which, at retail, is sold at Rs 160 per dozen.
Best quality wheat flour is sold at Rs 1,420 per bag which retail is sold at Rs 1,450 per 20 kg and normal quality wheat flour bag is available at Rs 1,370 per 20 kg bag which Retail is sold at Rs 1,400 per 20 kg bag.
Punjab government sponsored wheat flour is available at Rs 950 per 20 kg bag. In the wholesale market, the price of sugar saw an increase from Rs 4,050 per 50 kg bag to Rs 4,200 per bag which in retail sugar is being sold at Rs 90 per kg.
Rice prices which in the previous week witnessed a significant increase during this week remained unchanged as the price of the best quality Basmati rice is available at Rs 10,000 which at retail is sold at Rs 250 per kg, the price normal quality Basmati rice is stable at Rs 8,000 per bag which retails at Rs 220 per kg while the price of broken Basmati rice is stable at Rs 4,500 which retails at Rs 140 per kg.
The prices of top quality cooking oil, ghee brands such as Dalda, Sufi and others have further increased from Rs 520 per kg to Rs 550 per kg. According to ghee, cooking oil traders distributors have hinted them that in the coming weeks, Dalda and other premium ghee, cooking oil prices will increase further by Rs 50 per kg, from Rs 550 per kg to Rs 600 per kg. Grade B ghee, cooking oil price remained stable at Rs 7,200 per carton of 16 packets which in the market is available at Rs 450 per kg. According to traders over the past three years, prices for the finest quality ghee/cooking oil such as Dalda, Sufi and Shan have witnessed an increase of Rs 350 per kg from Rs 200 per kg to Rs 550 per kg . . Grade B cooking oil, ghee price increased from Rs 120 per pack to Rs 405 per pack reflecting an increase of Rs 330 per 900 gram pack, while mustard oil price is stable at Rs 500 per kg.
Pulse prices have witnessed a slight decline as best quality whole gram is available at Rs 300 per kg against Rs 320 per kg, fine grade mash is available at Rs 280 per kg against Rs 300 per kg, lentil of the best quality is sold at Rs 220 per kg against Rs 250 per kg, the best quality bean lentil is sold at Rs 275 per kg against Rs 300 per kg, moong is sold at Rs 160 per kg against Rs 175 per kg and masoor is sold at Rs 220 per kg against 250 rupees per kg.
No change was observed in the price of fresh milk, as fresh milk is sold at Rs 145 per kg and yoghurt at Rs 160 per kg. However, suppliers of packaged milk brands such as Nestlé MilkPak and Olpers have raised the price as the price of a liter of MilkPak has risen from Rs 170 per pack to Rs 180 per pack, quarter liter of MilkPak from Rs 45 per pack to Rs 50 per pack, and the price of the small pack of tea dyes has increased from Rs 25 per pack to Rs 28.
Mutton and beef prices remained unchanged as mutton is available at Rs 1,500 per kg, while boneless beef at Rs 900 per kg and bone-in beef at Rs 700 per kg. The price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) remained stable at Rs 3,000 per 15 kg domestic bottle.
No change was seen in the prices of different brands of packaged spices as a 25 gram package of Shan and National spices is sold at Rs 75-80 per package, but vendors in July 2021 had reduced the size from the package of 43 grams to 25 grams. The price of chili powder is stable at Rs 400 per kg and the price of turmeric powder is stable at Rs 300 per kg. Suppliers of bath soap and detergents have increased the prices of all products as the price of family size Safeguard bath soap has risen from Rs 85 to Rs 90 per pack and detergents such as Ariel pack price from half a kg went from Rs 200 per pack to Rs 220 and the kg pack to Rs 440 per kg.
Vegetable prices have seen a mixed trend, with tomatoes holding steady at 300 rupees per 5kg which retails for between 70 and 75 rupees per kg. The price of potatoes on the wholesale market has gone from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 per quintal to Rs 1,600-3,200 per quintal which, at the retail level, are sold between Rs 25 and 45 per kg compared to Rs 25 to 40 Rs. The price of onions remained stable at Rs 300-325 per 5 kg which at retail is being sold at Rs 65-75 per kg.
The local price of garlic has increased from Rs 160 per kg to Rs 140 per kg, while the price of Quetta garlic has increased from Rs 230 per kg to Rs 260 per kg and the price of ginger has increased from Rs 190 per kg at Rs 200 per kg. The price of bitter gourd has gone from Rs 80 per kg to Rs 85 per kg, the price of okra is stable at Rs 60 per kg, the price of carrot has gone from Rs 70 per kg to Rs 60 per kg, the pumpkin price increased from Rs 40-55 per kg to Rs 65-70 per kg, cauliflower price increased from Rs 80 per kg to Rs 70 per kg and cabbage price increased from Rs 50 per kg. kg at Rs 60 per kg.
Overall fruit prices saw a mixed trend as Turkish apple price increased from Rs 325 per kg to Rs 350 per kg, Iranian Kala kilo apple price increased from Rs 250 per kg to Rs 280 per kg. kg, the price of the Pakistani Kala kilo apple is stable at Rs 200 per kg, the price of the white apple has gone from Rs 170 per kg to Rs 200 per kg. The price of the best quality bananas has increased further from Rs 200 per dozen to Rs 220 per dozen, while the normal is sold in the range of Rs 80-140 against Rs 120-140 per dozen. Watermelons are sold at Rs 35-50 per kg, white and desi melons are sold at Rs 40-50 per kg. The new arrival Cheery is priced at Rs 230 per pack vs. Rs 250 per pack and various peach brands are available in the range of Rs 100 to Rs 150 per kg.
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