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Prices of edible oil ease, major brands cut MRP by `10-15/litre, says government

Prices of edible oil ease, major brands   cut MRP by `10-15/litre, says government
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New Delhi: Edible oil prices in the retail market have started easing with softening of international rates and the government's timely intervention, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey said on Wednesday.

As per government data, the average retail prices of packaged edible oils have ease slightly, except for groundnut oil, across the country since the beginning of this month and are ruling between Rs 150 and 190 per kg.

Last week, edible oil firms Adani Wilmar and Mother Dairy reduced the MRP (maximum retail price) for different varieties of cooking oils by Rs 10-15 per litre. Both the companies said the stock with new MRPs will hit the market shortly.

"Trends in edible oils prices are very positive due to the government's timely intervention and global developments," Pandey told reporters.

Not only edible oils, retail wheat and wheat flour prices are stable as well, he said, adding that regulations have been useful in keeping domestic prices in check.

A senior food ministry official said major edible oil brands have reduced MRP in phases and most recently they cut the price by Rs 10-15 per litre.

As per the data compiled by the Department of Consumer Affairs, the average retail prices of groundnut oil (packaged) stood at Rs 188.14 per kg on June 21 as against Rs 186.43 per kg on June 1.

Mustard oil rates have come down marginally to Rs 180.85 on June 21 from Rs 183.68 per kg on June 1. Vanaspati price is flat at Rs 165 per kg.

The price of soya oil is marginally down to Rs 167.67 from Rs 169.65, while rate of sunflower dipped slightly to 189.99 from Rs 193 per kg.

Palm oil rate has come down to Rs 152.52 per kg on June 21 from Rs 156.4 per kg on June 1.

The department monitors prices for 22 essential commodities (rice, wheat, atta, gram dal, tur (Arhar) dal, urad dal, moong dal, masur dal, sugar, gur, groundnut oil, mustard oil, vanaspati, sunflower oil, soya oil, palm oil, tea, milk, potato, onion, tomato and salt) based on data collected from 167 market centres spread across the country representing North, West, East, South and North-eastern regions.

The retail and wholesale prices of 22 commodities from 167 centres are received daily from the State Civil Supplies Departments of the respective state governments through a mobile app developed by the Centre's Department of Consumer Affairs.

Adani Wilmar on Saturday cut the prices of its edible oils by Rs 10 per litre. The MRP of Fortune refined Sunflower oil's 1-litre pack has been reduced to Rs 210 from Rs 220 per litre. The MRP of Fortune Soyabean and Fortune Kachi Ghani (mustard oil) 1-litre packs has been reduced to Rs 195 from Rs 205 per litre.

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