Prices of most of the essential kitchen items remained stable, as no significant change in prices were observed last week as compared to the preceding week, except significant increase in flour price, reveals a survey conducted by Business Recorder here on Saturday.
Traders and wholesalers in different markets of the twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad told that flour price increased by Rs 2 per kg last week, while it increased by Rs 45 per 10kg bag at Utility stores. They maintained that prices of vegetables and fruits remained stable due to good supply. Chicken price registered a significant decline during the week past and was available at Rs 165 per kg against Rs 175.
However, no significant change was observed in sugar, eggs and ghee/cocking oil prices during the last week. Similarly, in some markets prices of different verities of rice were increased as basmati was available at Rs 80-90 per kg against previous price of Rs 75-88, while super colonel was available at Rs 120-135 per kg during the last week.
Survey noted a mix trend in vegetables prices, as some prices increased, while others registered a slight decline during the week past as compared to the preceding week. Tomato was available at Rs 50 per kg against Rs 60 per kg, onion at Rs 35 per kg against Rs 40, green-chili at Rs 60 per kg against Rs 70, cucumber at Rs 90 per kg against Rs 80, cabbage at Rs 45 per kg against Rs 40, potato at Rs 25-30 per kg against Rs 35-40 per kg, while carrot was available at Rs 40 per kg and radish at Rs 30 per kg during the week past.
Survey noted no significant changes in pulses prices, which remained stable during the week past as dal mash was available at Rs 140, moong at Rs 140 per kg, lobia at Rs 150 per kg, masoor at Rs 120 per kg, channa at Rs 120 per kg and white Channa at Rs 120-150 per kg.
During the last week, fruit prices remained stable and no significant changes were observed as banana was available at Rs 60-80 per dozen with no significant changes, apple at Rs 120-180 depending on quality, guava at Rs 60 per kg against Rs 70-80 and kino at Rs 80-100 per dozen against Rs 80-120 per dozen last week.