The Ministry of Business and Trade has imposed a prize freeze on 320 food and non-food items ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.
These items will be available in the local market at discounted prices from July 1 until the end of Ramadan, the Ministry said yesterday.
The Ministry has added 45 new items to the list this year. Last year, the Ramadan price freeze applied to 275 food and non-food items.
The items include rice, wheat floor, edible oil, dairy and meat products, fresh and frozen chicken, fruit juice, pastries and frozen vegetable and non-food items including tissue paper and aluminium foil.
The Ministry has started circulating the new price list to shops. There is about 10 per cent discount on all the items on an average, compared with the existing prices, a source from a leading hypermarket said yesterday.
Prices of QFM wheat floor No 1 and 2 (5kg bag) have been fixed at QR16 and No 3 at QR19. Edible oil (1.8 litres) is priced between QR16.50 and QR17.50 depending on the brand.
Prices of all brands of fresh milk have been fixed at QR10 (2 litres). Long life milk (4 litres) costs between QR12.25 and QR12.50 and QR9 to QR10 (2 litres). A five kg bag of Panjab Garden basmati rice costs QR30.50, Sunwhite rice QR32.75, Cleopatra Egyptian rice QR26, Abu Saifain basmati rice QR36.
A 10 kg Tilda Pure basmati rice costs QR127 and 20kg India Gate basmati rice is priced at QR241.
A 40kg Khory Indian rice is priced at QR277 and Mohammed basmati rice, QR300.
Prices of Sadia Chicken (frozen) have been fixed at QR13.50 per kg. All Waha (fresh) costs QR15.75, Doux frozen chicken QR11, Seara frozen chicken QR13, and Al Islami frozen chicken QR13.75.
One crate of Qatari eggs (30 pieces) costs QR12.25 and Emirates fresh eggs cost QR16.25. Canned fruit juices of different brands (1.75 to 2 litres) cost QR7.
The Ministry said it had instructed all outlets to strictly follow the prices fixed by it. The Ramadan price freeze is intended to stop traders from hiking commodity prices to cash in on higher demand during the holy month.
Fruits and vegetables are not included in the list, despite prices of perishables normally shooting up during Ramadan in the past. Traders say that it is difficult to fix their prices because they fluctuate on a daily basis.
The Ministry however has been issuing a daily price list after the auctions in the central fruit and vegetable market.
Meanwhile, Widam said yesterday that it will import 44,000 sheep from Arab countries during the Ramadan.
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