Afghanistan

Initial Market Price Bulletin for the month of March 2015 (Reported in April 2015)

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  • Wheat: Average wheat grain retail price in the main cities’ markets of the country was slightly fluctuating in 2013. It was slightly increasing during January - May 2014, slightly decreasing in June – September 2014, negligibly increasing from September 2014 to January 2015, and slightly decreased from February – March 2015.

  • The current average wheat price in main cities of Afghanistan (AFN 23.8/Kg) is slightly higher by 2.7% compared to the same time last year (March 2014), but significantly higher by 20.6% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months (March 2010 – 2014).

  • Wheat flour (High Price) retail price in main cities of Afghanistan was relatively stable in 2013. After a slight decrease during January - February 2014, it was slightly increasing during March - September 2014. However, it was slightly decreasing from September 2014 to March 2015. The current retail price (AFN 28.6/kg) is slightly lower by 1.4% compared to the same month last year (March 2014), and significantly higher by 12.3% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months.

  • Rice is considered as the 2 nd main staple food in Afghanistan. The current average retail price of Low Quality Rice (AFN 39.1/kg) is significantly lower by 10.4% compared to the same month last year (March 2014), while slightly higher by 2.7% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months. The current average price of High Quality Rice (AFN 82.1/kg) is slightly lower by 4.1% compared to the same month last year (March 2014), but significantly higher by 20.7% compared to the last 5-year average price of the same months.