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Wednesday July 24, 2024

Edibles’ prices surge; official rates violated

By Jawwad Rizvi
July 01, 2024
An undated image of consumers buying fresh vegetables from a local market. — AFP/File
An undated image of consumers buying fresh vegetables from a local market. — AFP/File

LAHORE:The writ of the government has failed to control prices of essential items despite promulgating new laws on the issue while the weakest governance is observed with an increase in prices of flour and its product.

The Punjab food minister and information minister in a presser claimed that ample wheat is available in the province so the price of wheat, flour and its products (Roti, Naan) has not increased while a mafia is pushing it upwards. The government functionaries are more active on the social media than the ground. On ground reality nothing is being sold at official rates anywhere in the province. This week price of chicken was further reduced by Rs15 per kg, fixed at Rs263-273 per kg, sold at Rs320-350 per kg, and chicken meat by Rs22 per kg, fixed Rs396 per kg, and sold Rs450-600 per kg.

The price of potato soft skin unchanged at Rs75-80 per kg, sold at Rs130-140 per kg, B-grade fixed at Rs65-70 per kg, and C-grade at Rs55-60 per kilogram, mixed sold at Rs100-120 per kg.

The price of onion A-grade increased by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs105–110 per kg, sold at Rs140 per kg, B-grade by Rs10 per kg, fixed at Rs95-100 per kg, and C-grade by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs80-85 per kg, mixed sold at Rs120-130 per kg.

The price of tomato A-grade further gained by Rs50 per kg, fixed at Rs140-145 per kg, sold at Rs250 per kg, B-grade fixed at Rs125-130 per kg, and C-grade at Rs105-110 per kg, mixed sold at Rs160 -180 per kg. The price of garlic local unchanged at Rs265-275 per kg, sold at Rs350-400 per kg, and Garlic China price was not fixed sold at Rs1,000 per kg, Garlic Harnai gained by Rs30 per kg, fixed at Rs325-340 per kg, sold at Rs600 per kg, Garlic GI variety was fixed at Rs110-115 per kg, sold at Rs300 to 350 per kg.

The price of Ginger Thai reduced by Rs30 per kg, fixed at Rs600-620 per kg, and Ginger Chinese by Rs20 per kg, fixed at Rs600-620 per kg, both sold at Rs800-1000 per kg.

Cucumber Farm was gained by Rs15 per kg, fixed at Rs57-60 per kg, sold at Rs80-100 per kg, and cucumber local by Rs10 per kg, fixed at Rs67-70 per kg, sold at Rs120-140 kg. Brinjal price was unchanged Rs38-40 per kg, sold at Rs80-120 per kg. Biter gourd gained by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs42-45 per kg, sold at Rs100-120 per kg. The price Spinach farm reduced by Rs10 per kg, fixed at Rs28-30 at Rs80 per kg.

The price of different variety gained by Rs15 of apples fixed at Rs58-345 per kg, sold at Rs300-800 per kg. The price of Banana A-category further gained by Rs25 per doze, fixed at Rs160-165 per dozen, sold at Rs250 per dozen, and B-category by Rs40 per dozen, fixed at Rs130-135 per dozen, sold at Rs180-200 per dozen, and C-category by Rs10 per dozen, fixed at Rs65-70 per dozen, sold at Rs150 per dozen.

Pomegranate desi was fixed at Rs270-280 per kg, sold at Rs350 per kg. Melon was reduced by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs72-75 per kg, sold at Rs100-120 per kg. Watermelon was gained by Rs8 per kg, fixed at Rs45-48 per kg, sold at Rs80-100 pe kg. Peach was gained by Rs40 per kg, fixed at Rs145-220 per kg, sold at Rs200-350 per kg. Phalsa was further gained by Rs20 per kg, fixed at Rs250-260 per kg, sold at Rs300-350 per kg. Grama was reduced by Rs5 per kg, fixed at Rs72-75 per kg, sold at Rs130-180 per kg, Apricot Ameri was unchanged at Rs155-160 per kg, sold at Rs300 per kg, Apricot white reduced by Rs60 per kg, fixed at Rs165-170 per kg, sold at Rs240-300 per kg.