Daal prices across Pakistan rose as profiteers took advantage of the nationwide lockdown.
Prices in Karachi rose by Rs40 to Rs80 per kg. Daal Moong sells for Rs280, a Rs70 jump from its pre-lockdown Rs210 price.
Likewise, daal masoor sells from Rs127 for Rs175 rather than Rs96 and daal channa for Rs165.
Daal now costs nearly as much as chicken.
In Islamabad, daal prices went up from Rs10 to Rs40. Daal moong now sells Rs280 from Rs240 while daal masoor is more expensive, daal maash Rs15 and daal channa Rs10 from Rs240.
Daal moong sells a kilo for Rs300 in Lahore. It had previously been priced per kilogram for Rs200. Daal maash is more costly to Rs50 and costs Rs180 though daal masoor sells for Rs170.
Peshawar saw daal maash from an original price of Rs180 selling for Rs250. Daals masoor and channa are available, respectively, for Rs160 and Rs170.
Quetta saw the lowest increase in daal prices, showing a rise of Rs10 to Rs20.