A significant increase was witnessed in prices of most of the essential kitchen items last week as compared to the preceding week, reveals a survey conducted by Business Recorder here on Saturday. Retailers and wholesalers from different markets of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad told Business Recorder that steep increase was observed in the prices of tomatoes, onions, potatoes, eggs, sugar and vegetable oil loose last week as compared to preceding week.
During the week under review, tomatoes were being sold at Rs 140-150per kg against Rs 120 per kg last week, reflecting an increase of Rs 20 to Rs 30 per kg, onions were available at Rs 90 per kg against Rs 80 per kg, reflecting an increase of Rs 10 per kg, potatoes were being sold at Rs 85-90 per kg against Rs 70 per kg, registering an increase of Rs 15 to 20 per kg, eggs were being sold at Rs 110 per dozen against Rs 105 per dozen, reflecting an increase of Rs 5 per dozen.
Likewise, an increase of Rs 2 per kg was witnessed in sugar price and was available at Rs 65 per kg against Rs 63 per kg last week and vegetable oil loose was being available at Rs 170 per kg against Rs 168 per kg week past price, registering an increase of Rs 2 per kg.
The survey noted that a 10 kg wheat flour bag was available at Rs 410, garlic was being sold at Rs 140-200 per kg, milk fresh was being sold at Rs 95 per litre and curd was available at Rs 100 per kg last week. Mix trend was noted in the prices of other vegetables last week as considerable increase was noted in the prices of cabbage, which was being sold at Rs 85 per kg, peas were available at Rs 160 per kg, carrot at Rs 120 per kg, radish at Rs 80 per kg and shimla mirch at Rs 160 per kg.
The survey noted that fruit prices almost remained stable last week as compared to the preceding week as banana was available at Rs 70-110 per dozen, apple at Rs 100-200 per kg and grapes were being sold at Rs 200-300 per kg last week as compared to preceding week. Meanwhile, meat prices remained unchanged; mutton was available at 600-620 per kg, beef at Rs 280-300 per kg while chicken was being sold at Rs 150 per kg. Prices of non-perishable food items remained stable; and the items included pulses and rice Basmati broken ,as Masoor washed was available at Rs 120-130 per kg, Moong washed at Rs 130-150 per kg and mash washed at Rs 140-160 per kg, basmati rice broken was being sold at Rs 90 per kg.