Prices for Kitchen Essentials Rise – Markets

ISLAMABAD: Prices of kitchen essentials including vegetables and fruits have seen an increase this week compared to the previous week, a survey by company registrar here Saturday.

The survey observed an increase in the prices of the majority of vegetables as the price of potatoes increased from Rs175 per 5kg to Rs190 per 5kg, which in the retail trade are still being sold at Rs45 per kg compared to Rs40 per kg , the price of onions saw an increase of Rs75 per 5kg from Rs200 per 5kg to Rs275 per 5kg which at retail are sold at Rs65 per kg from Rs50 per kg and the price of tomato increased significantly from Rs350 per 5kg to Rs750 per 5kg, which in retail is sold at Rs160-180 per kg against Rs80-85 per kg.

The price of peas remained stable at Rs375 per 5 kg, which are retailed at Rs90 per kg. The price of Chinese garlic has increased from 325 rupees per kg to 375 rupees per kg and the price of ginger has increased from 200 rupees per kg to 225 rupees per kg. Okra price increased from Rs 240 per kg to Rs 260 per kg, bitter gourd price increased from Rs 185 per kg to Rs 165 per kg, carrot price stable at Rs 50 per kg, pumpkin has increased from Rs 110 per kg to Rs 120 per kg, the price of cauliflower has increased from Rs 50 per kg to Rs 60 per kg, the price of cabbage has increased from Rs 45-50 per kg to Rs 60 per kg, brinjal remained stable at Rs 65 per kg and the price of yams increased from Rs 85 per kg to Rs 95 per kg, fresh beans the price increased from Rs 120 per kg to Rs 140 per kg, the marookadu price increased from 35 rupees per kg to 45 rupees per kg and tinda price increased from 40 rupees per kg to 60 rupees per kg.

The survey seen during the week on non-perishable food prices saw a mixed trend. Moreover, with the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan, the prices of Ramadan-specific items such as dates, traditional juices, drinks and basins have also increased.

Ghee cooking oil prices have spiked just two weeks before Ramadan and have become beyond the reach of ordinary mortals as premium cooking oil brands such as Dalda, Sufi and others have reached nearly Rs 500 per kg, while B-grade brands have also crossed the Rs 375 per liter mark. The price of Grade B cooking oil has been increased from Rs375 per pack to Rs380 per 900 gram pack. Traders told this correspondent that over the past three years, prices for the best quality ghee/cooking oil such as Dalda, Sufi and Shan have seen an increase of Rs280 per kg from Rs200 per kg to Rs480 per kg, The price of Grade B cooking oil/ghee has been increased from Rs120 per pack to Rs375 per pack, reflecting an increase of Rs255 per 900 gram pack, while the price of mustard oil was increased by Rs 275 per kg from Rs 200 per kg to Rs 475 per kg.

Over the past three years, the price of mutton has risen from Rs 800 per kg to Rs 1,450 per kg, while the price of boneless beef has risen from Rs 500 per kg to Rs 850 per kg and beef bone-in 400 rupees per kg to 650 rupees per kg.

Chicken prices during this week have remained stable at 11,000 rupees per 40 kg in the wholesale market which at retail is sold at 290 rupees per kg and chicken meat is available between 450 and 480 rupees per kg. . Egg prices have further increased from Rs 3,750 per carton to Rs 3,850 per carton, which retails at Rs 140 per dozen from Rs 135 per dozen.

The price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has seen an increase of Rs 195 per domestic 15 kg cylinder from Rs 3,100 per 15 kg cylinder to Rs 3,295 per cylinder, while the retail price of LPG is increased from Rs 235 per kg to Rs 245 per kg. On the wholesale market, the price of sugar remained stable at Rs 4,200 per bag, which is retailed at Rs 90-95 per kg.

However, during the week under review, there was no change in the price of wheat flour as the price of the best quality wheat flour in the wholesale market is available at Rs 1,045 per bag of 15 kg, which retails at Rs 1,075-1,090 per bag. and a 15kg bag of normal grade wheat flour is available at Rs 1,010 per bag, which retails at Rs 1,040 per bag. No change was seen in the prices of different brands of packet spices as a 25 gram packet of Shan and National spices is sold at Rs75-80 per packet, but vendors have reduced the packet size by 43 grams to 25 grams. The price of chillies powder is stable at Rs465 per kg and the price of turmeric powder at Rs400 per kg.

The price of Ramadan-specific items increased two weeks ago as the price of basin rose from Rs 150 per kg to Rs 200 per kg, the price of good quality dates rose from Rs 250 per kg to Rs 300 per kg, Jame Shireen jumbo size bottle is sold at Rs380 per bottle and regular size bottle at Rs290.

Prices for fresh milk as well as packaged milk which spiked a few weeks ago this week have remained stable as a liter pack of Olpers, Milk Pak and other brands is available at Rs 170 per pack. While the prices of milk creams such as Olpersand Milk Pak have already seen an increase of Rs5 per pack from Rs135 per pack to Rs140 per pack.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

Freeda S. Scott