Amid the recent decrease in prices of petroleum products, the prices of essential food items registered a declining trend, giving a sigh of relief to the poverty-stricken masses. The cut in oil prices by Rs 5 per litre at the start of the month had a positive impact on commodity market.
During a visit to the markets of provincial capital here on Sunday, it was noticed the prices continued to register a downward trend, as a five-kilogram potato bag is being traded at Rs 80 against the previous week. A 5-kg tomato bag is available at Rs 100 against the earlier price of Rs 150, ginger (5kg) at Rs 140 against Rs 160, garlic at Rs 200 per kg, green-chili at Rs 70 per kg. A 5-kg onion bag is being sold at Rs 150 to Rs 170.
Similarly, a one kilogram pea is available at Rs 60, shimla mirch at Rs 80 per kg, ladyfinger at Rs 100 per kg while a five-kg cauliflower is available at Rs 100, carrot (5Kg) at Rs 100, cucumber at Rs 40 per kg, and turnip at Rs 120 (5kg), and cabbage at Rs 150 (5kg).
Prices of pulses have remained steady, as no significant increase or decrease was witnessed in wholesale and retail market. A good-quality rice is being sold at Rs 100 to Rs 120 per kg, dal mash at Rs 300 per kg.
However, the price of sugar has registered 20 to 30 percent increase in the market, as a five kilogram sugar bag is being sold at Rs325 against the previous price of Rs 300.
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