A kilogram of liquified gas in Kabul rose 20 Afghanis per kilogram in the last 20 days. Such a rise has not occurred in the past 20 years.
Mohammad Khan, a roadside vendor in Kabul, says his daily income has dropped to 150 Afghanis as commodity prices and insecurity have risen.
According to Khan, the government and the Taliban are behind the rise in the prices of essential goods.
"Over 90 percent of Afghans are living below the poverty line. There is no life here in Afghanistan" Mohammad Khan said.
Meanwhile, a number of residents in Kabul said the government is incapable of monitoring the markets.
Kabul resident Qorban Ali said: “We ask the government to monitor the prices. People have been ruined, they became poorer, there are no jobs, there is nothing, I have not sold anything in my shop yet.”
The retailers of liquified gas in Kabul city say that although the reason is not clear behind the increase in the price of liquefied gas, gas wholesalers have increased gas prices by up to 40 percent.
In the meantime, the wholesalers of the liquefied gas said that the increase in gas prices is due to insecurity on highways and a shortage of gas in local markets.
“Currently one ton of liquified gas is being sold for $760, it was sold for $650 before,” said Mohammadullah, a gas vendor in Kabul's Taimani area.
A number of bakery owners in the capital say that if the price of liquefied gas does not fall, they will have to use wood to bake bread or close their bakeries.
“People will face problems--the bakeries will either use wood or will close,” said Naimatullah, a worker at a Kabul bakery.
Officials in the Fuel and Gas Companies’ Union previously called the current price of fuel and liquified gas in the markets "exploitative."
According to officials, the price of liquefied gas in the ports and border crossing areas is about half the price as that sold in the markets in Kabul and in other major cities of the country.
According to official estimates, Afghanistan uses about 685 tons of liquefied gas each per year.