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Nov 07, 2018
Nangarharis worried about hike in food, fuel prices

Nov 06, 2018 - 20:28

JALALABA (Pajwhok): The prices of flour, ghee and fuel have increased in the capital and districts of eastern Nangarhar province, complain residents. The residents say local administration has been reluctant to take necessary steps and check the price hike. Traders and shopkeepers link the price hike to the devaluating afghani against the Pakistani and US currencies. Abdul Hadi, a resident of Jalalabad, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the price of 50 kilograms of Pakistani sugar had jumped from the previous 1,900 Pakistani rupees to 2,500 rupees. The price of a 49-kilogram bag of Kazakhstani flour jumped from 2,000 rupees to 2,450 rupees, he said, adding the price of a tin of 10 liter ghee increased from 1,050 rupees to 1,150 rupees. The prices of food items in districts of the province have also jumped compared to their rates in the provincial capital. Mohammad Hasham, a resident of Pachiragam district, said 50 kilograms of Pakistani flour was sold for 2,350 rupees and the same amount of Kazakhstani flour for 2,600 rupees in the district. A 10-liter ghee tin cost 1,350 rupees. Fathullah, a rickshaw driver in Jalalabad, said the price of a liter of fuel increased from 70 rupees to 109 rupees. He said passengers used to fight if asked for higher fare. Dr. Liaqat Adil, head of All Afghanistan Federation of Trade Union (AAFTU), also expressed concern over the hike in food items prices and said the issue would seriously affect the labor class. “The poverty graph in the country is very high and wages are less, the government and wealthy people should pay attention to this issue”, he said. He asked the government to control prices in market and take violators to justice. The hike in fuel prices affected rates of everything in the market, he said. Shopkeepers and traders in Jalalabad city say that the increase in flour, ghee and fuel prices abroad affected the prices of the same goods in Afghanistan. Hafizullah Bahar, a shopkeeper who sells flour in Jalalabad, said the problem was that flour was imported to the province against higher prices. Moneychangers and Shopkeepers Association in Jalalabad also says that increase in the dollar value against the Afghan currency and increase in flour prices in Pakistan and Kazakhstan were reasons behind the inflation in Afghanistan. Aziz Rahman Arab, deputy head of Moneychangers and Shopkeepers Association in Jalalabad, said the flour price increased due to its purchase with high prices from abroad and the fuel price increased due to the USD value increase. Jalalabad municipality officials said the prices of goods imported from foreign countries were not in their control. Nangarhar chamber of commerce and industry officials also acknowledge the problem, but blame the Ministry of Interior (MoI). Provincial chamber of commerce and industry spokesman, Mukhlis Ahmad, said that prolonged stay of cargo trucks at borders, high taxes on imports and increase in the USD value contributed to the surge in prices in the free market. mds/ma

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