Lahore – Though the government inflation data of basic kitchen items has been showing the constant decline yet the most used edibles especially pulses have been registering sharp increase for the last two months.
The prices of almost all kinds of essential daily use items, including tea, vegetables, fruits and other groceries, registered a manifold increase in open market, with the provincial government showing its failure to prevail the writ, as official price list is being implemented nowhere in retail bazaars.
Rate of gram pulse has crossed to Rs125 per kg against official rate of Rs98 per kg; mash is selling at Rs270 per kg against official rate of Rs194; mash unwashed is selling at Rs225 per kg against official rate of Rs165; masoor is selling at Rs215 per kg against official price of Rs145 per kg, moong is selling at Rs165 per kg against per kg against official price of Rs119 per kg’ gram black as well as white are being sold in the range of Rs115-120 versus government notified price of Rs98.
According to market sources, comparatively, the increase in masoor lentil price has been more modest, to Rs235 from Rs165 in the wholesale market. They said that absolute dependence on import, inadequate harvests owing to erratic weather and hoarding by middlemen have sent pulses prices skyrocketing during last few weeks.
In retail market, high quality rice is being sold at Rs130 while low quality at Rs 90 per kg, while broken rice is available at Rs70 per kg. Sugar is being sold at Rs65 per kg, Beisan at Rs115 per/kg against the official price of Rs102 per kg. Similarly, a drop has been witnessed in several fruit items in the wholesale and retail markets. Banana is being sold at Rs40-70 per dozen, and apple at Rs60-130 per/kg.
However, vegetable prices have gone up like tomato is being sold at Rs70 per kilogram, , while the rate of ginger has also increased to Rs250 per kilogram, and garlic available is at Rs 260 per kilogram, against Rs 120 per kg. High quality onion is available at Rs60/kg, which was selling at Rs40/kg during last moth. Green chilly is being sold at Rs100 per kilogram against Rs60 per kg.
The price of cauliflower increased to Rs40 per kilogram, ladyfinger to Rs60 per kg, shimla mirch was selling at Rs160 per kg, cabbage at Rs70 per kg, peas at Rs100 per kg, Arvi at Rs80 per kg, cauliflower at Rs50 per kg, brinjal at Rs40 per kg, bitter gourd at Rs80 per kg, and turnip at Rs60 per kg.
Regarding high prices of pulses, experts said that Pakistan has been depending on import of pulses like several other things. And presently, the international prices of lentils are on high trend. They said that other reason is that gram production has also dropped to around 50,000 ton against total consumption of 600,000 ton. Only 12,000 ton masoor was being produced against a consumption of 50,000 ton.
News source: The Nation