Afghanistan Initial Market Price Bulletin for the month of February 2014 (Reported in March 2014)

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 07 Mar 2014 View Original

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wheat: Average wheat grain retail price in the main cities of the country was increasing from August 2012 through March 2013, and then it was decreasing during April – June 2013 and slightly increased during July 2013 – February 2014.

  • The current average price of wheat in main cities of Afghanistan is slightly higher by 8.7% in comparison to the same time last year (February 2013), and significantly higher by 24% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months (February 2009 - 2013).

  • Wheat flour (High Price): Average retail price in main urban cities of Afghanistan was increasing during June 2012 – March 2013. It slightly decreased during April – June 2013 and relatively stable during July – September 2013. The price was slightly increasing during October – December 2013, and showed a slight decrease during January - February 2014. The price was slightly lower by 6.9% compared to the same month last year (February 2013), and significantly increased by 14.5% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months (February 2009 – 2013).

  • Rice is considered as the 2nd main staple food in Afghanistan. The current average retail price of Rice (Low Quality) is significantly lower by 10.5% compared to the same month last year (February 2013) and significantly higher by 20% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months. The current average price of High Quality Rice is significantly higher by 10.1% compared to the same month last year (February 2013), and by 32.6% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months.