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3 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Veggies still pricey

Abundant local variety fails to tame onion prices
Staff Reporter

After winter, the prices of different vegetables have increased, with tomato being the exception. Traders said the huge demand for new seasonal vegetables, coupled with their low supply, have initially pushed up the prices, which would start falling within a week or two. Onion prices remained unchanged in the capital, although the local variety hit the markets last month. Last October, onion had entered the list of pricey vegetables and was selling for Tk. 100 a kg by the end of November. After mid-January this year, however, the prices of onion have decreased somewhat. Last year, onion prices were Tk. 35-40 per kg. The price of local onion has increased from Tk. 5 to Tk. 60 a kg. However, the price of Indian onion did not go up—it was selling for Tk. 50–55 per kg in the markets. The new local garlic was pegged at Tk. 70–80 a kg in the markets, while the Chinese variety was being sold at Tk. 110–120.

Visits to several retail kitchen markets in Dhaka, including Karwanbazar, yesterday revealed that vendors were selling some vegetables at prices that were slightly higher than those of last week.

As of last week, cauliflower and cabbage were available at Tk. 30. Turnip was being sold at Tk. 20–25, while eggplant fetched Tk. 50–60. Tomato was selling for Tk. 10–15 and potato for Tk. 20–25 per kg. While cucumber sold for Tk. 40, papaya fetched Tk. 30.

The price of bitter melon was a bit high at Tk. 100. Green

banana was being sold for Tk. 90 per dozen.

Meanwhile, there was a comparative comfort in the fish market. Ruhi fish was being sold for Tk. 240 a kg, tilapia for Tk. 130, katla for Tk. 260, and a pair of small hilsa for Tk. 1,000.

The prices of eggs, chicken, beef and mutton remained unchanged.  Eggs were being sold at Tk. 70 per dozen, while chicken was selling for Tk. 125-130 a kg, beef for Tk. 500 and mutton for Tk. 750.

The price of miniket rice in the market increased by Tk. 1 to 2. Sugar prices in the wholesale market increased last week, impacting the retail market as well.

 

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