Sugar shortage, price spike hit across Pakistan
Coarse sugar shortage crisis hit across Pakistan including provincial capital Lahore and in big cities like Hyderabad as well leaving people disappointed, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Sugar price in Narowal reached Rs180/kg, in Bahawalpur Rs160/kg, in Islamabad Rs150/kg.
Coarse sugar shortage crisis hit Lahore’s Akbari Mandi where no sugar was available for the last four months.
In Lahore’s open market, sugar is being sold at Rs155//kg while the per mound rate of sugar sacks is Rs7500.
Shopkeepers warned that sugar prices could go even higher than today rates if administrative measures would not be taken.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the situation was also not different from the rest of the country. Sugar is being sold at Rs140/kg in Peshawar.
In Sindh’s Hyderabad, sugar is available at Rs150/kg. Shopkeepers claimed that 50 kg sugar bag increased by Rs2,000 and subsequently they increased the sugar price per kg.
In Muzaffargarh, sugar is available at Rs135 to Rs140 per kg.
Moreover, the price of 20 kg flour was also inflated by Rs80 in a week, as per the figures released by the Statistics Bureau of Pakistan (SBP). The most inflated price of 20 kg flour is Rs1500, however, Punjab has still a cheaper price of 20 kg flour in comparison to other provinces.
On the other hand, vegetable prices shoot up in Lahore as tomato being sold at Rs350/kg while potato and onion at Rs80/Kg in Lahore.
Bakery items have already increased by Rs5 to Rs15 per item including bread, buns, cake rusk, and eggs.
People urged authorities to lower down the prices of essential commodities amid the already surged rates of power tariff and petrel per liter price. Citizens want strong administrative measures and demand strict checks and balances of shopkeepers by Price Control Magistrates’ to control the inflated prices of sugar.
Reporters Fariha Batool, Azmat Ali Shah, Junaid, Ali Hamza