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Kabul residents call for price control as the holy Ramadan is due to arrive

KABUL: Often, in the holy month of Ramadan, the prices of edible items skyrocket across the country, particularly in the country’s capital. Kabul residents complained over the possible rise in food prices if the related organs do not step up towards their control as we are at the threshold of the holy month of Ramadan. Now a bag of flour has nearly reached 1,800 Afghanis and is feared to rise further if not controlled by the related authorities. Sanaullah Atef a Kabul resident and an Emirati employee complained about the possible rise in the prices, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan. “I have no option but to take some cash as a loan to spend for the holy month of Ramadan, as our salary is very low and the prices of food items are very high,” he told The Kabul Times. Previously, the prices of foodstuff had been linked to a rise in the price of the U.S. dollar, the price of the Afghani currency is now stable against foreign currency, but due to the related organs’ failure to control the prices, as the prices continue rising roughly due to the arrival of the holy fasting month. “Previously, the food price increase was considered a result of the increase in the value of the U.S. dollar against the Afghan currency, but now that the price of the dollar has decreased eye-catchingly, the food prices are still higher and even going higher in the country’s markets,” said Abdul Hadi, a Kabul resident who goes by one name. The residents called on the Kabul municipality to control the prices of food items in the markets, as the fasting days have now arrived. Meanwhile, Nimatullah Barekzai the Kabul Municipality representative in a telephone call to The Kabul Times correspondent said that they have sent the men to extend the issue of offering food with reasonable prices to the citizens. “Our team has been controlling the prices over the last two years and the prices would remain stable, as we sent our team to control the prices and warn the sellers in case of violating the rule,” he told The Kabul Times. This is to be noted that every year, food prices rise when the holy fasting month gets nearer. Nisar Ahmad

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.