Prices of 30 essential commodities including meat, sweeteners, onion, tomato and wheat, registered an average increase of 5.6 per cent in September, compared to the previous month, a price monitoring report released on Thursday revealed.
Fafen, a non-governmental organisation, said its retail price monitors collected the prices of 52 commodities from 161 retail outlets in 81 districts across the country on September 10.
The report found that 15 commodities registered an average decrease of 6.3% while the prices of five remained unchanged.
The report said that the prices of onion and tomato went up by 40% and 24% respectively – most probably due to the season this time of the year. The prices of plain bread, local sugar, potato and rice basmati-386 increased by 10%, 4%, 3%, and 2% respectively. After Ramazan, prices of fruits registered a decrease.
In September, the price of dark red apples witnessed the highest decrease of 34%, followed by a 14% decrease in banana and 10% in golden apples. Prices of chicken meat, live chicken, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and vegetable oil also came down by 11%, 10%, 3% and 1% respectively.
Among poultry products, only eggs per dozen registered a 4% increase. However, the prices of mutton and beef registered 2% and 1% increase respectively. The prices of salt powder, red chilies powder, turmeric and ginger increased by 11%, 4%, 2% and 1% respectively, while garlic’s price registered a decrease of 2%.
Prices of sugar, sugarcane and local sugar went up by 1%, 2% and 4% respectively. Despite an increase in the price of milk by 1%, the price of yoghurt decreased by 1%. Similarly, vegetable oil, cooking oil and mustard oil each registered a 1% decrease in their respective prices.
Prices of cooked items went up. The price of cooked beef price went up by 13%, followed by a 7% increase in cooked lentils. The price of a cup of tea registered a 2% increase. Meanwhile, over-the-counter medicines, such as Panadol and Disprin, registered a 4% and 3% increase in their prices in September.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 30th, 2011.
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