ISLAMABAD  – Data collected for August shows the prices of 21 commodities went up as compared with the preceding month while those of 18 came down and 12 remained unchanged, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

The report released Monday said FAFEN Retail Price Monitors observed prices of 52 commodities and services at 196 retail outlets in 108 districts. The statistics reveal vegetable prices increased in Ramazan.

However, fruit prices declined in the reporting month as compared with those recorded in July as dark red apples down 31pc, golden apples 30pc and bananas per dozen 6pc.

Among poultry and meat items, only the price of farm eggs registered a 7pc increase. Live broiler chicken and chicken meat fell 19pc and 18pc while beef and mutton saw no change, the report said.

Rice varieties basmati-386 and irri-6 went up 2pc and 1pc but the price of basmati broken remained unchanged.

On the pulses side, black gram and red beans each recorded a 1pc increase while washed mash and washed masoor pulses dropped 3pc and washed moong by 2pc. The prices of gram pulse, chickpeas and white beans remained constant. A hike of 3% and 1% was seen in wheat grain and wheat flour prices.

In the spices and condiments category, only garlic went up 1pc while all other items saw a decline were turmeric (loose) and red chili powder dropping 5pc each, ginger 3pc and salt powder 1pc. The prices of hot tea (one cup) and a plate of cooked vegetables increased 5pc each. Similarly, a plate of cooked dal also went up 4pc. Yogurt and fresh milk registered a hike of 2pc and 1pc.

Desi shaker fell 2pc but gur and sugar prices remained unchanged. Branded vegetable ghee, cooking oil and mustard oil (loose) dropped 1% each.

Also down were the prices of some kitchen fuels like LPG (11%) and kerosene oil (3pc).