Prices of most of the essential kitchen items remained on high side, as no decline was observed in their prices during the last week as compared to the preceding week, reveals a survey carried out by Business Recorderhere on Saturday. Traders and wholesalers in different markets of the twin cities of Rawalpindi/Islamabad revealed that due to short supply, the gap between supply and demand widened.
Whereas, there was also an artificial shortage of essential kitchen items which further fuelled the commodities prices, traders alleged. Eggs were being sold at Rs 120 per dozen against Rs 110 per dozen, reflecting an increase of Rs 10 per dozen during the week past as compared to the preceding week. Further, chicken price increased from Rs 140 per kg to Rs 150 per kg registering an increase of Rs 10 per kg. Sugar and ghee/cooking oil and flour prices remained stable during the week past as compared to the preceding week.
Survey noted that prices of most of the vegetables remained on high side during the week past as tomatoes were being sold at Rs 100-130 per kg depending on quality, onions at Rs 75-90 per kg, potatoes at Rs 70-80 per kg, cabbage at Rs 60-85 per kg, peas were available at Rs 160 per kg, carrot at Rs 120 per kg, radish at Rs 80 per kg, Arvi at Rs 70 per kg, cucumber at Rs 50-60 per kg, ladyfinger at Rs 100-120 per kg and Shimla Mirch was being sold at Rs 160 per kg. Rice prices also witnessed a slight increase as basmati rice was available at Rs 100 to Rs 140 per kg and super colonel at Rs 120-155 per kg during last week registering an increase of Rs 10 per kg each.
The survey noted a mix trend in fruit prices as some prices increased while other registered a slight decline during the week past as compared to the preceding week. Apple prices witnessed increase as it was available at 120-220 depending on quality, banana prices registered decline as it was being sold at Rs 60-100 per dozen, grapes at Rs 200-300 per kg and guava at Rs 60-80 per kg against Rs 80-100 per kg last week.