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Rice, lentils prices go up


KATHMANDU: Prices of food commodities like rice and lentils have gone up by as much as Rs 10 per kg.

Traders say rice and lentils have become expensive as the government has raised customs duty on food commodities. “We have come to know that the government has increased customs duty on different food commodities including rice and lentils,” Pabitra Bajracharya, president of Nepal Retailers’ Association, told Republica. “This has made rice and lentils dearer by as much as Rs 10 per kg compared to prices recorded two weeks ago.”

Government officials, however, said there has been no change in customs duty on food commodities lately. “It’s just an excuse to raise food prices. The government has not made any changes in customs duty on food commodities,” Hari Narayan Belbase, director at the Department of Commerce and Supply Management (DoCSM), said, warning traders against black-marketing of goods.

Belbase said the government would intensify market monitoring activities in the coming days to control anomalies in the market.

Prices of popular lentil varieties like split red gram, red lentil, green gram and split black gram have gone up by as much as Rs 10 per over the past fortnight. While the prices of split red gram, green gram and split black gram have increased by Rs 10 per kg each to Rs 140, Rs 170 and Rs 130, respectively, red lentil has seen price hike of Rs 5 per kg and is currently selling at Rs 120 per kg.

Similarly, price of different varieties of rice has surged over the past two weeks. Basmati, which was selling at Rs 110 per kg two weeks before, is now selling at Rs 120 per kg. Prices of Jeera Masino and Sona Mansuli rice have increased by Rs 4 per kg and Rs 8 per kg, respectively, to Rs 56 and Rs 53 per kg respectively.

“Prices of rice and lentils have increased also because of drop in supply from India – the major supplier,” Kishore Shrestha, proprietor of Shrestha Store, Chabahil, Republica. He says food prices would increase in the coming months as flood and landslides in different parts of the country has affected supplies. “Floods have affected paddy crop in different parts of the country. This will affect prices in the coming season,” he added.

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