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9 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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VEGETABLE PRICES

No relief for buyers at Dhaka kitchen markets

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
No relief for buyers at 
Dhaka kitchen markets
This photo taken yesterday shows winter vegetables are displayed at Jatrabari Bazar in the capital. FOCUS BANGLA PHOTO

The price of onion has declined slightly from last week but still remained high by retailing at Tk 120-145 per kg at kitchen markets in the capital yesterday.

Besides, the prices of early winter vegetables have gone up further in the last seven days, making them go beyond the purchasing capacity of common people.

On their part, consumers claimed that lack of effective monitoring by the government was the main reason for the high prices of vegetables.

They said the government should adopt strict measures to bring down the prices to alleviate public suffering.

A visit to the kitchen market at Mirpur-2 yesterday revealed that most winter vegetables were being sold at over Tk 80 per kg. This was despite increasing supply of these vegetables. Country bean was being sold for Tk 100, small cabbages and cauliflowers for Tk 35-40 apiece and radish for Tk 50 per kg.

Prices of most summer vegetables were also on the higher side, with traders attributing it to the recent decline in supply.

Pointed gourds, snake gourds, and colocasia stems were selling for Tk 50–70 per kg. A medium-sized bottle gourd went for Tk 60–70 apiece last week. Early harvested potato hit few markets for Tk 120-130 a kg. However, the price of eggplants has slightly declined from Tk 60 per kg last week to Tk 40.

All kinds of leafy vegetables also witnessed a price surge, with per bunch selling at Tk 20-25 based on the species.

Traders said they have no alternative as the supply is low. “Vegetables are most likely to decompose. So, it is not possible to hike vegetable prices by making syndicates. When the supply picks up against demand, the prices will come down,” said Abdul Malek, a vegetable vendor.

Meanwhile, stored tomato was trading at Tk 120–130 per kg and imported carrots at Tk 90–110 per kg at the kitchen markets.

Garlic, another prime cooking ingredient, has also become dearer. Both the local and imported varieties were retailing at Tk 150–170 per kg, up from Tk 130–150 last week.

On a positive note, however, the prices of different fish, including hilsa, have declined. The hilsa had hit the market last Thursday after the 22-day ban on fishing. Most of the traders sold hilsa at much lower rates, with the fish retailing at Tk 800-900 per kg yesterday. The prices of cultured ruhi, katla, grass carp, koi, pangas,h and tilapia have also dipped by Tk 20-40 per kg.

Traders said supply would increase considerably from this week, which may help in more reduction of prices of fish.

Prices of broiler chicken witnessed a slight low in the capital’s kitchen markets. Broiler chicken was being sold at Tk 120-13 kg, while the price of red roosters stood at Tk 220–230 per kg.

 

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