30 Commodities Register a 6% Price Increase in September, 2011

  • Prices of 30 commodities including meat, sweeteners, wheat, some kitchen fuels, spices and condiments increase
  • 15 commodities including fruits, chicken, cooking oil register decrease

Compared to August, prices of 30 commodities, including meat, sweeteners, spices and condiments, wheat and some kitchen fuels, registered an average increase of 5.6% in September 2011. On the other hand, 15 commodities registered an average decrease of 6.3% while the prices of five remained unchanged. However, the overall impact of price decrease was higher than the increase in September.

FAFEN collected the prices of 52 commodities on 10th September 2011 from 161 retail outlets in 81 districts across the country. Prices of onion and tomato went up by 40% and 24% respectively – most probably because of seasonal effect – followed by chapatti plain 10%, desi shaker 4%, potato 3%, and the price of rice basmati-386 registered 2% increase.

After Ramazan, prices of fruits registered a decrease. In September, the highest decrease was observed in the price of apple (dark red), 34%, followed by banana 14% and apple (golden) 10%. Prices of chicken meat, chicken live, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and vegetable ghee also came down by 11%, 10%, 3% and 1% respectively.

Almost all the observed spices and condiments registered an increase in their respective prices. 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%. Among pulses the prices of chickpeas and red beans increased by 4% and 3% respectively while moong, white beans and black gram registered a respective decrease of 2%, 2% and 1%. Prices of all the observed sweeteners – sugar, gur and desi shaker – increased 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 ghee, cooking oil and mustard oil each registered a 1% decrease in their respective prices. Among poultry products, only eggs per dozen registered a 4% increase while the price of chicken broiler (meat) and chicken broiler (live) registered a decrease of 11% and 10% respectively. However, the prices of mutton and beef registered 2% and 1% increase respectively.

The price of rice basmati-386 and irri-6 went up by 2% and 1% while basmati broken registered a 2% decrease. With the prices of wheat grain and wheat flour going up by 2% and 1% respectively chapatti plain registered a 10% increase. This might be because of an increase in the price of other inputs of chapatti plain i.e., salt powder and kitchen fuels.

Among kitchen fuels, the price of firewood increased by 3% while that of kerosene oil increased by 1% in the observed month compared to the previous one. Only LPG registered a 3% decrease in its price. Prices of cooked items went up. The price of cooked beef price went up by 13%, followed by cooked dal place 7% and cooked vegetable plate 7%. The price of a prepared teacup registered 2% increase.

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