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Vegetables get pricier in capital

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Vegetables get pricier in capital

Vegetable prices increased in the capital’s kitchen markets yesterday amid the transport workers’ strike over the new road transport law. The truck and covered-van workers’ strike went into effect from yesterday, causing the prices of winter vegetables to go up by Tk. 5 to Tk. 20. Prices of raw vegetables are on the rise even as onion prices seem to be dropping. Traders fear that vegetable prices will rise further if the truck and covered-van workers’ strike continues.

Onion prices have dropped slightly with each kg selling for Tk. 180. But sellers believe it could rise by Thursday (today) if the strike continues. “Compared to Tuesday, vegetable prices have risen by Tk. 5 to Tk. 20 per kg. Since the truck and covered-van drivers have gone on strike, many think the trucks won’t come in on Wednesday night,” said Md Arif, a grocer at the Karwan Bazar kitchen market.

Nazmul, a vegetable trader in Shukrabad, said, “We are now selling beans at Tk. 50–60 per kg, cauliflower at Tk. 40 per piece, cabbage at Tk. 25–30 per kg, radish at Tk. 60 per kg, and eggplant at Tk. 60 per kg. Vegetable seller Foyez at Hatirpool market said, “We are selling carrots at Tk. 50–60 per kg and round gourd at Tk. 30–35 per kg, which is Tk. 5 higher than yesterday’s price.”

Another seller, Jahangir Hossain, said that onions from Myanmar were going for Tk. 160–170 per kg, while Egyptian onions fetched Tk. 120 per kg and potatoes brought in Tk. 100–110 per kg. Md Hridoy, a merchant, said that though the wholesale price for onions had dropped to Tk. 160 per kg and the staple was retailing at Tk. 180 per kg, sales had gone down significantly.

Yesterday, the local variety of onions was retailing at Tk. 180–200 per kg, while onions imported from Myanmar went for Tk. 140–150 per kg and those from Egypt for Tk. 130–140 per kg. At wholesale markets, local onions sold at Tk. 160-170, while those from Myanmar fetched Tk. 140–150 per kg and those from Egypt went for Tk. 120 per kg.

On Sunday, local onions sold for as high as Tk. 250 per kg in the capital’s kitchen markets, whereas onions from Myanmar went for Tk. 230–240 per kg throughout last week, breaking all previous price records. Onion prices in the capital hit Tk. 220 on November 14, after hovering between Tk. 130 and Tk. 140 on November 9.

Traders said onion prices would fall gradually as the supply of the staple ingredient increased in the markets.

Mohammad Jewel, a wholesale trader at Karwan Bazar, said the price of onions had started falling and would come down further.

Another wholesale trader at Karwan Bazar, Ridoy Mollik, said: “There were huge crowds here to buy onions a few days ago. But now no one is coming to buy. People are not using onions in cooking because of the high price. Even street hawkers are not using onions in their dishes.”

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