The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Increasing concerns over rising food prices during holy month of Ramadan

With the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan in Afghanistan, Pakistan and neighboring countries, shopkeepers and traders go for increasing the price of essential and basic food items such as flour, cooking oil, meat and fruits and others in the market. If we go and see western countries’ situation, especially during religious occasions, we can find out that prices of key food items are stable or lowers than other ordinary
days. For example, Boxing Day is also celebrated there. Based on some media reports, it is said that there are usually long queues of customers standing in front of shops early in the morning as the ‘Boxing Day’ is famous for the drop in food prices. In recent days, it has been reported that Saudi’s ministry of commerce has tasked an audit committee to control the basic food prices across the country. In the meantime, a Shamshad TV journalist was walking along a market in Kabul asking the people about the prices of basic food. Most ordinary people that have come out for purchasing essential food were complaining of the
high price of the items in Kabul’s market. As Afghanistan is an importing country that imports most of its essential items from neighboring countries, it can be one of the main reasons for the increasing prices of basic food items in the country’s markets. When the month of Ramadan arrives, the people’s demand for basic food items increases, which directly impacts on prices of the items in markets. This is considered a
big problem and good if we go for this problem’s solutions.
1. It is good if the essential food items are imported based on the demand of our countrymen. This can help control the price of basic food items in the country’s market.
2. Hoarding and monopoly should be seriously prevented so that everything can be provided in accordance with the needs and demands of the market.
3 .There should be audit members tasked to control the prices of essential food items in the country’s market.
4. In addition to providing domestic producers with training, technology, ‘easy, cheap and modern means of energy’, there should be possibilities for support to the country’s market so that the formula of ‘less profit with more sales’ is implemented as when all producers have access to energy and modern technology, all go for implementing the formula of ‘less profit with more sales’ in place of going for increasing the prices of basic food items. If the above solutions are not considered, the country’s poor and miserable people
will always complain about the high price of essential food items.

Mohammad Yaqoob Nayel

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.