The Ministry of Business and Trade has imposed a prize freeze on 320 food and non-food items due to the approaching holy month of Ramadan.
The items will be available in the local market at discounted prices from 1 July 2013 until the end of Ramadan. The Ministry has added 45 new items to the list this year from last year’s 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% discount on all the items on an average, compared with the existing prices.
The Ramadan price freeze is intended to stop traders from hiking commodity prices to cash in on higher demand during the holy month.
Items & prices:
QFM wheat floor No 1 and 2 (5kg bag) = QR16
QFM wheat floor No 3 = QR19
Edible oil (1.8 litres) = between QR16.50 and QR17.50
Prices of all brands of fresh milk = QR10 (2 litres)
Long life milk (4 litres) = between QR12.25 and QR10 (2 litres).
5kg bag of Panjab Garden basmati rice = QR30.50
Sunwhite rice = QR32.75
Cleopatra Egyptian rice = QR26
Abu Saifain basmati rice = QR36
10 kg Tilda Pure basmati rice = QR127
20kg India Gate basmati rice = QR241
40kg Khory Indian rice = QR277
Mohammed basmati = QR300
Chicken and eggs:
Prices of Sadia Chicken (frozen) = QR13.50 per kg
Al Waha (fresh) = QR15.75
Doux frozen chicken = QR11
Seara frozen chicken = QR13
Al Islami frozen chicken = QR13.75
One crate of Qatari eggs (30 pieces) costs = QR12.25
Emirates fresh eggs = QR16.25
Canned fruit juices (1.75 to 2 litres) = QR7
Note: Fruits and vegetables are not included in the list. According to traders, it’s difficult to fix their prices because they fluctuate on a daily basis.
According to The Peninsula newspaper, Widam will import 44,000 sheep from Arab countries during the Ramadan.