On Tuesday, residents and sellers in Kabul city stated that the prices of goods and food have increased as much as 30% in the last two months in Kabul markets, due to the spread of the coronavirus and the lockdown.
The price of a 49 kg bag of flour was initially 1,600 Afs, but is now selling for 1,900 Afs. Furthermore, the price of a 24 kg bag of rice has increased to 2,500 Afs from 2,100, and the price for a 7kg bag of beans sells for 900 Afs, from 600. Also, 16 liters of oil is now 350 Afs, according to people speaking with TOLOnews.
“The situation has affected people. Before these price hikes, citizens bought 7kg of rice, now they only buy a single kilogram," said Ahmad Wallad, a seller in Kabul city.
Residents say that the high prices are hurting those with little to no income.
“We are forced to come and work daily, for 50 or 60 Afs, or sometimes 100 Afs,” said Abdul Wahab, a street vendor in Kabul city.
“If the situation continues like this, poor people will face more difficulties,” said Ziauddin, a resident of Kabul city.
Afghanistan's central bank, Da Afghanistan, stated that the high prices will affect inflation rates in the country.
Based on their figures, inflation rates were at 4% three months ago, and now they have increased.
“We have fewer domestic products, whether they are agricultural, industrial or services. We also rely on imported materials. Price issues will continue to get more serious in the future,” says Naib Khan Jamal, head of the monetary policy department in the central bank.