The prices of essential kitchen items witnessed a mix trend during past week as compared to preceding week, a survey conducted by Business Recorder revealed. According to the survey, prices of two major pulses mash and moong increased by Rs 30 per kg and Rs 20 per kg as mash pulse price went to Rs 250 per kg from Rs 220 per kg and moong pulse to Rs 160 per kg from Rs 140 per kg. Sugar price also went up by Rs 6 per kg from Rs 54 per kg to Rs 60 per kg.
The price of egg witnessed a reduction of Rs 14 per dozen from Rs 110 per dozen to Rs 96 per dozen in the retail market, while in wholesales market a five dozen box of eggs is available at Rs 420 against Rs 480. In the wholesales market chicken price also witnessed a decline of Rs 1,500 per 40 kg from Rs 6,700 per 40 kg to Rs 5200 per 40 kg, while in retail market live chicken is available at Rs 150 per kg against Rs 230 per kg and chicken meat is being sold at Rs 280 per kg against Rs 350 per kg.
Prices of entire range of nonperishable kitchen items including gram pulse mota channa, kabli chanaa, red Lobia, dal masoor, spices, wheat-flour and ghee/cooking oils as well as seasonal vegetables remained unchanged. Black Masoor is being sold at Rs 140 per kg, Red Masoor at Rs 150 per kg, gram pulse at Rs 140 per kg and Red Lobia at Rs 140 per kg. There is no change in the price of beef and mutton as boneless beef is being sold at Rs 450 per kg and mixed beef at Rs 380 per kg and mutton at Rs 700 per kg.
Onion in the wholesales market reduced by Rs 500 per 85 kg bag from Rs 3,500 per 85 kg bag to Rs 3,000 per bag, which in retail market is being sold at Rs 40 per kg against Rs 45-50 per kg, tomatoes price also witnessed a further reduction of Rs 20 per 5 kg in wholesales market from Rs 180 per 5 kg to Rs 160 per 5 kg, which in retail market is being sold at Rs 40 per kg against Rs 45 per kg in the preceding week.
According to the survey, Peas in wholesales market are available at Rs 120 per 5 kg, which in retail market are being sold at Rs 30-35 per kg and spinach price in wholesales market remained stable at Rs 70 per 5 kg which in retail market is available at Rs 15-20 per kg. Green chilli witnessed no change in prices at wholesales market and is available at Rs 250 per 5 kg whereas in retail market are being sold at Rs 60 per kg, carrot is available at Rs 80 per 5 kg in wholesales market, which in retail market is being sold at Rs 20 per kg.
According to the survey, bringal, cabbage and cauliflower prices also remained unchanged which in retail markets are being sold at Rs 30 per kg, while capsicum price also witnessed no change which in wholesale market is available at Rs 200 per 5 kg and in retail market is being sold at Rs 60 per kg.
Kareela price went up by Rs 100 per 5 kg from Rs 250 per 5 kg to Rs 350 per 5 kg in wholesales market which in retail market is being sold at Rs 80 per kg against Rs 60 per kg and okra price further went up by Rs 70 per kg from Rs 130 per kg to Rs 200 per kg. Tori is available at Rs 65 per kg, Arvi at Rs 80 per kg and kaddu available in markets with an increase of Rs 10 per kg from Rs 50 per kg to Rs 60 per kg.
Potatoes witnessed Rs 10 per 5 kg reduction in wholesale markets and are available at Rs 80 per 5 kg against Rs 90 per 5 kg, which in retail market are being sold at Rs 20 per kg. Ginger is available at Rs 160 per kg, while garlic at Rs 220 per kg.
The survey observed that the prices of different vegetables and fruits are high as compared to general marketplaces in special bazaars set by the Punjab government as good quality Indian banana in special bazaar is being sold at Rs 180 per dozen which in common marketplaces is available at Rs 120-150 per dozen.
Similarly good quality oranges in private market are available at Rs 80 per dozen which in special bazaar are available at Rs 100 per dozen. Pomegranates in common market are being sold at Rs 180 per kg which in special bazaar are available at Rs 250 per kg.
It was also noted during the survey that prices of numerous vegetables and fruits in common market are below the district government set prices while in special bazaars not a single item was available at fix prices as cabbage was being sold at Rs 40 per kg against government set price of Rs 18 per kg. Guava in common market is available at Rs 70 per kg which in special bazaar is being sold at Rs 80-100 per kg.
Source: Business Recorder