KARACHI - Despite ban on the export of sugar imposed by the government at least Rs3 per kg increase had been witnessed in the retail price of the commodity in the City. The retailers are charging up to Rs 35 per kg, Rs 3 more from the previous rate of 32 rupees/kg. According to stakeholders, the ex-mill rate of sugar has jumped to Rs30 per kg in Punjab and Rs29 per kg in Sindh, which led to hike in the prices of commodity. The current ex-mill rate of Rs30 per kg of white sweetener was above than Rs29.50 per kg for which the sugar mills owners' body has been pressing their demand to government. As the Rs29 per kg ex-mill rate of sugar persisted in Sindh on Thursday, at least 5 to 6 rupees per kg difference was observed in ex-mill and retail prices of the commodity in metropolis. Meanwhile, a sugar dealer Haji Siddique told The Nation that they were purchasing sugar at Rs30.10 per kg from mills while keeping only 10-paisa profit on per kg. They sell the commodity on Rs30.20 per kg to wholesalers. He said the sugar mills have different prices of the commodity on per kg in the province. There was no such shortage of white sweetener persisted in the country as sufficient stocks lying with the mills and TCP.   When contacted by The Nation, the Chairman Karachi Wholesalers Association Anis Majeed said the wholesale price of the commodity was Rs30.20 kg in city on Thursday. He claimed that the sugar was the only food item which is cheapest and easily available in sufficient quantity than other commodities. There was much difference persisted in wholesale and retail prices of the sugar, he admitted, adding that lack of governance and vigilance system of price control was one of the reasons behind hike in retail prices of the commodity.     The government had given the task to Trading Corporation of Pakistan for purchase of 0.7 million tons sugar which pre-empting to control the price hike, he recalled and advised that government should bring its sugar stocks in market that could be helpful in arrest of the price hike. The profit of rupees 5 on per kg retail sale of sugar was unjustified and it should be 2 rupees, he said and added government should bring its stocks in market immediately. Fareed Qureshi chairman of Retailers Association Karachi was also of the view that the retail prices of sugar must not be over Rs33 per kg as government had already imposed ban on the export of the commodity which is a positive step in controlling of price. While, an analyst said that the hoarding factor had been involved in the hike in the prices of white sweetener as profiteers were watching the increasing trend of prices of other food items, they had starting hoarding sugar in large quantity.