Central bank: Iran’s food prices up by 18 to 146 percent
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 22/Trend M. Moezzi
The Iranian Central Bank first report on food costs says that some essential goods and foodstuffs cost 18 to 146 percent more than a year ago, Fars news agency reports.
The central bank stopped reporting the weekly prices of staples last spring.
Mid-April prices compared to last year and this year shows the biggest price increase in leafy greens by 146 percent. A 107 percent jump in tomato prices, costing 68 cents (USD) a kilo last year to $1.50 a kilo this year, is the second biggest on the CBI list.
Beef prices have gone up more than 50 percent during a year from $9.40 a kilo to more than $14 a kilo. Mutton and chicken are 45.3 and 39.1 percent more expensive than last year, respectively.
Prices on staples like oil and sugar have gone up more than 30 percent since last April. Pasteurized cheese costs 52.4 percent more this year than last year from $1.24 to $1.89 for a 450 gram package. Yogurt cost 93 cents a kilo last year, while it costs $1.30 now, representing a 40.2 percent jump.
Legumes and rice are more expensive this year too. Prices on domestically produced rice are higher by 25.2 to 45.2 percent. The increase in different legumes ranges from almost 33 percent to nearly 61 percent.