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11 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Vegetables get pricy in capital

Vegetables get pricy in capital

Winter is yet to arrive, but its vegetables have already started arriving in the market, albeit at a high price. Prices of vegetables of the current season are also high even after the passing of the student movement and heavy showers. A visit to various markets, including Karwan Bazar, yesterday revealed that despite an adequate supply of vegetables, vendors were demanding high prices. Bean and cauliflower were available, but costly. Bean was being sold for Tk. 150–160 per kg, while medium cauliflower prices were Tk. 30–40 per piece.

Tomatoes have now become an all-season vegetable with varying prices. Ripe tomato was being sold for Tk. 100–120 a kg. Traders said beans and cauliflowers were winter vegetables that have started arriving in the market. The prices of these two vegetables are rather high.

One of the vendors said that it was normal for the prices of such vegetables to be high. The supply of winter vegetables, which have just started trickling in, is not adequate, resulting in high prices. In the past week, most of the vegetables had for Tk. 40 a kg.

 Asked about the reason for the price rise, one of the vendors said that excessive rain had damaged the vegetables and resulted in the spiralling of the prices.

In the capital’s kitchen market, snake gourd, bitter gourd, pumpkin and parbal sold at TK. 25–30 for a couple weeks, but their prices have now doubled. But the prices of eggplants and papaya have remained unchanged. These two vegetables are available for Tk. 40–50 per kg.

Cucumber was being sold for Tk. 50 per kg yesterday. Prices of vegetables have increased by Tk. 5–15 a kg in a week. Prices of all kinds of leafy vegetables have risen by Tk. 5–8 a bunch.

Sweet bitter gourd and bitter gourd were being sold at the same price yesterday. Ridge gourd and snake gourd were being sold for Tk. 40–50. Last week, these vegetables had sold for Tk. 20–25. The price of asparagus bean has increased to Tk. 50–60 per kg. However, the price of chillies has decreased marginally. On Friday, chillies were being offered for Tk. 100–110 as against last week’s Tk. 130. Fish prices were also high. Fish vendors said heavy rain and high water levels made fishing difficult this season. However, a Ruhita fish sold for Tk. 240–350 per kg, Katla for Tk. 200–320, Pangash for Tk. 120–180 and Tilapia for Tk 120–170, depending upon their respective sizes and quality.

Buyers said that traders were giving excuses to raise prices and make some extra profit. There was no monitoring of markets and action against unscrupulous traders.

It was also alleged that meat sellers were not following the city corporation regulations. The city corporation has fixed the beef price at Tk. 480 a kg, but it is selling for Tk. 500.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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