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Mar 17, 2019
Flour, firewood rates decline in Kabul

KABUL (Pajhwok): The price of flour decreased by six percent and that of firewood by two percent during the outgoing week in the capital Kabul, market sources said Saturday.
Mohammad Hamanyon, head of Kabul Food Traders Union, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the price of a bag of 49 kilograms of Kazakhstani flour dipped from 1,420 Afghanis to 1,360 Afghanis compared to the last week.
But he said that 49 kilograms of Pakistani sugar cost 1,700afs, 24kg of Pakistani rice 2,000afs and a tin of 16 liters of Khurshid ghee 1,000afs, the same rates of last week’s.
Noor Ahmad Khairkhwa, a tea seller in Kabul Mandavi, said a kilogram of Indonesian green tea cost 280afs and the same amount of African black tea 300afs -- same prices as last week’s.
Ahmad Samim, who owns a grocery store in Taimani area of Kabul, sold a 50-kg sack of Kazakhstani flour for 1,420afs, a 49-kg bag of sugar for 1,750afs, 24-kg of Pakistani rice 2,400afs a 16-litre tin of ghee for 1,080afs, one-kg of Indonesian green tea for 300afs and the same amount of black African tea for 350afs—higher than wholesale rates.
Ghulam Sakhi, a firewood seller in Taminai area of Kabul, said that the price of 560 kilograms of peeled oak decreased from 7,200afs to 7,000afs and the same quantity of cedar from 7,000afs to 6,800afs.
However, the prices of fuel and liquefied gas remain steady.
Abdul Hadi, a worker at Wazirabad Fuel Station in Kabul, said one liter of petrol cost from 49afs and diesel 48afs, registering no change in their prices.
Ahmad Javid, a liquefied gas seller in Taimani area, said one kilogram of the commodity was sold at 65afs, as the same price as last week’s.
The price of gold also stayed unchanged.
Haji Fawad Ahmad Salehzada, a jeweler in Timor Shahee area of Kabul, said that the price of one gram of Arabian gold was 2,500afs and the same quantity of Russian variety 2,000afs.
Sara-i-Shahzada, a money exchange market in Kabul is closed today in protest to increased kidnapping cases of moneychangers or their family members for ransom.
However, Haji Mir Hussian Sadaqat, a moneychanger at the Money Exchange Service in Sara-i-Shahzada, said one US dollar was accounted for 75.40afs and 1,000 Pakistani rupees for 541afs against last week’s 74.35afs and 540afs.


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