ISLAMABAD: A high increase was registered in the price of onions that went up from 40 per kg to 51 in a month- a 28% hike. Potato prices also went up 15% while those of tomatoes, which registered a hike of 84% last month, went down 20% says a Free and Fair Election (FAFEN) report released on Tuesday.
FAFEN governance monitors visited 170 retail outlets in 92 districts in August 2013. The data showed a decrease in fruit prices as Ramazan came to an end, the highest decrease being registered in the price of golden apples that went down 23%, dark red apples 18% and bananas 5%.
Price decrease was also observed for some pulses, chickpeas, gram pulse (2% each), washed moong pulse and washed masoor pulse (1% each) while others registered increase; black gram (4%), red beans (2%), washed mash pulse and white beans (1% each).
Prices of poultry also went up with broiler chicken meat increasing 9%, broiler chicken live 8% and an increase of 1% for eggs.
Of the rice varieties, irri-6 price increased 5% while basmati-386 and basmati broken went down 1%. Though the price of wheat grain increased 2% that of what flour remained unchanged and of plain chapatti decreased 2%. Other cooked items, however, registered increase; a plate of vegetables (4%), a plate of dal (4%), a plate of beef (2%) and a cup of hot tea (1%).
As for spices and condiments, a 6% increase was for ginger while salt went up 2% and garlic 1%. However, turmeric and mustard oil prices decreased 5%.
Among sweeteners, only the price of gur went up 3% while that of sugar and desi shaker remained unchanged.