ISLAMABAD: Wheat flour ex-mill price has reached Rs1,050 per 20kg bag, an all time high in the country, while retail price of the commodity is hovering around Rs1,080 to 1,100 per 20kg bag, a survey conducted by Business Recorder revealed here on Saturday.

Traders told Business Recorder that within the past week under review, the prices of second grade ghee/cooking oil have also witnessed an increase as wholesales price of a ghee-cooking oil carton has jumped up from Rs2,100 per carton to Rs2,200 per carton.

Moreover, the chicken price has also witnessed a further increase from Rs6,700 per 40kg to Rs7,200 per 40kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs230 per kg against Rs210 per kg, while chicken meat price has jumped up from Rs350 per kg to Rs370 per kg.

The survey observed a further increase in egg prices, which jumped up from Rs88 per dozen to Rs110 per dozen in wholesales market, while in retail eggs are being sold at Rs120 per dozen against Rs96 per dozen.

During the week under review, prices of most of the pulses remained stable as moong is being sold at Rs290 per kg, best quality lobia at Rs280 per kg, maash is being sold at Rs250-260 per kg, masoor at Rs160 per kg, and channa at Rs150 per kg.

Sugar price during the week under review went slightly down from Rs3,960 per 50kg bag to Rs3,920 per 50kg bag, which is still being sold at Rs85 per kg, while per kg wheat flour price has jumped up from Rs65 against Rs70 per kg.

The people have complained that despite the government's provision of multi-billion rupees subsidy to the Utility Stores Corporation (USC) for the supply of below the market price sugar, ghee, cooking oil, pulses and other items to the masses, but most of the Utility Stores have shortage of stocks.

People also alleged that some of the officials of the Utility Stores are privately selling the stocks provided to mobile utility outlets.

No changes were observed in rice prices, as best quality Basmati rice is available at Rs165 per kg, while broken best quality basmati rice are available at Rs100 per kg.

Moreover, no changes were witnessed in ghee/cooking oil, tea, spices, powder milk, salt, chillis, turmeric, and other items.

After the outbreak of the coronavirus, the district administration of Rawalpindi and Islamabad has left the masses at the mercy of profiteers as every fruit and vegetable vendor is independent to charge their own rates.

It is observed that not a single item is available on government mentioned prices anywhere in the twin cities especially after the coronavirus outbreak.

During the week, vegetables prices witnessed a mixed trend as onions price is stable at Rs150 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs40 per kg.

Tomato price went further down from Rs120 per 5kg to Rs100 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs30 per kg.

No changes were witnessed in potato price as best quality potatoes are available at Rs300 per 5 kg, while normal at Rs250 per 5kg, which in retail are being sold at Rs60-70 per kg.

Garlic price went down from Rs1,100 per 5kg to Rs800 per 5kg, which in retail is being sold at Rs200 per kg against Rs175 per kg, and ginger price went down from Rs1,500 per 5kg to Rs1,200 per 5kg, which in retail market is being sold at Rs350 per kg against Rs400 per kg.

Overall fruit prices witnessed a declining trend as best quality white apple price went down from Rs150 per kg to Rs130 per kg, while normal is available in the range of Rs90-100 per kg against Rs100-130 per kg, and golden apple price went down from Rs130 per kg to Rs120 per kg.

Good quality banana is being sold at Rs120 per dozen against Rs150 per dozen, while normal quality at Rs100-80 per dozen against Rs120 per dozen.

Various qualities of melons are available in the range of Rs40-100 per kg, various qualities of peach at in the range of Rs100-175 per kg.

Mangoes are available in the range of Rs90-150 per kg, cherry at Rs300 per kg and falsa at Rs250 per kg.

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