May 04, 2014- BR
ABDUL RASHEED AZAD
The prices of entire range of essential kitchen items, especially vegetables like onions and tomatoes as well as eggs, have registered a significant reduction, reveals a survey conducted by our reporter here on Saturday.
The survey observed that onions are being sold at Rs 150 per five-kg in wholesale market and at Rs 200 per five-kg in retail market, tomatoes at Rs 150 per five-kg in wholesale market and Rs 30-40 per kg in retail market, Okra at Rs 60 in wholesale market and Rs 80 in retail market, cauliflower at Rs 35 per kg in wholesales market and Rs 40 in retail market, cabbage at Rs 25 in wholesales market and Rs 30 in retail market, radish at Rs 20 per kg in wholesales market and Rs 25-30 in retail market, Kerala at Rs 40 per kg in wholesales market and Rs 50 in retail market, while potatoes’ prices are on high side, which is available at Rs 250 per five-kg in wholesales market and at Rs 60 per kg in the retail market.
The survey observed that the prices of all the brands of tea have been reduced by Rs 200 per kg from Rs 740 to Rs 540 per kg. The Lipton tea company has reduced the price of one-kg tea pack by Rs 200 from Rs 740 to Rs 540 per kg, traders said. According to dealers at vegetable and fruit market, prices of these items are likely to witness further reduction because of supply from Punjab.
Traders said prices of all the essential kitchen items including rice, wheat flour, sugar, green chilies, vegetables, milk, spices, pulses, chicken and meat have registered significant reduction. The survey noted that the price of 20-kg bag of wheat-flour has reduced by Rs 90 per bag from Rs 840 to Rs 750 per 20-kg bag, cooking oil/ghee prices have also reduced as normal quality cooking oil is being sold at Rs 140 per kg against 150 per kg while good quality cooking oil/ghee at Rs 205 per kg.
Lemon is available at Rs 60 per kg in wholesale market and Rs 80 per kg in retail market, ginger at Rs 320 per kg in wholesale market and Rs 360-400 per kg in retail market, garlic at Rs 150 per kg in wholesale market and Rs 200 per kg in retail market, capsicum (Shimla Mirch) at Rs 40 per kg in wholesale market and Rs 50 per kg in retail market and green peas at Rs 50 per kg in wholesale market and Rs 70 per kg in retail market.
Egg price has witnessed a reduction of Rs 10 per dozen from Rs 110 to Rs 100 per dozen, while live chicken price has also witnessed a reduction of Rs 20 per kg from Rs 160 to Rs 140 per kg and chicken meat price decreased by Rs 30 per kg from Rs 250 per kg to Rs 230 per kg. However, prices of most of the pulses remained stable on the market, while sugar price came down by Rs 3 per kg from Rs 55 per kg to Rs 52 per kg. Wheat flour bag of 20-kg is being sold at Rs 750 and good quality rice is available at Rs 150 per kg.
According to traders steep increase was also witnessed in the prices of fresh milk and curd, as fresh milk was available at Rs 110 per litre while curd was being sold at Rs 115 per kg. However, prices of fruits have registered an increase during the week under review as banana is being sold at Rs 200 per dozen against corresponding week’s rate of Rs 150 per dozen, apple at Rs 100 per kg against Rs 80 per kg, guava is available at Rs 60 per kg against Rs 50 per kg and watermelon and melon are being sold at Rs 40 and Rs 80 per kg respectively.
The survey reveals that the Nestle Company has increased the price of an entire range of their products. The price of Nido powder milk is raised by Rs 70 per kg from Rs 600 to Rs 670 per kg, children specific food Cerelac by Rs 30 per pack from Rs 280 to Rs 310 per pack, while formula milk Lactogen’s price has been increased by Rs 50 per pack from Rs 370 per pack to Rs 420 per pack.
Traders at wholesale market told this correspondent that the company was all-set to further increase the prices of other products despite the fact that Pakistani rupee value against other international currencies had strengthened in past few weeks. Nestle leading dairy products producers also raised the prices of its tetra pack milk from Rs 85 to Rs 100 per pack by increasing 15 rupees per pack. Traders informed that Nestle Pakistan had notified the new price without giving any reason.
The consumers, while expressing a surprise over the increase in prices, talking to Business Recorder said the rupee was gaining strength, making import of raw material cheaper in the country, but prices were yet to come down. The company had also raised the prices of powder milk and tea whitener in January this year. Nouman Khan, a trader in Rawalpindi wholesale market, alleged that the milk producers were reducing the weight of powder milk varieties and pushing up the rates.