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POST TIME: 19 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Vegetable prices still high
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Vegetable prices still high

Prices of different varieties of vegetables have remained mostly high over the past week in the kitchen markets, with supplies of winter items flooding the markets. Again, the prices of different varieties of rice have gone down slightly compared to the previous week. On visiting several city retail kitchen markets, including Karwan Bazar, this correspondent yesterday (Friday) found that the prices of winter vegetables were unchanged.

Again, the prices of different varieties of rice, including Polaw, Minicate, Najir, Paijam and Jira, had gone down by Tk. 1 to Tk. 1.50 per kg.  Eggplant (brinjal) was being sold for Tk. 20–25 a kg, bitter gourd for Tk. 35–40, bottle gourd for Tk. 40–50 apiece, okra for Tk. 35 a kg, papaya for Tk. 20–25 and cucumber for Tk. 35. Sweet pumpkin was selling at Tk. 30 a kg, while sponge gourd was being sold for Tk. 60 and snake gourd for Tk. 100–120. Cauliflower and cabbage were being sold for Tk. 20–25 and Tk. 25 apiece respectively.

The price of green chillies remained unchanged at Tk. 30–40 a kg. The price of newly harvested potatoes went down by Tk. 5 to Tk. 30 a kg within a week.

However, the price of old potatoes fell by only Tk. 2–3 during the same time. These were selling for Tk. 22–26 yesterday.

Spinach was selling at Tk. 8–10 per bundle. Red and green leafy vegetables were being sold for the same price.

Kabir Hossain, a trader in the Kawran Bazaar kitchen market, said vegetable prices were stable, thanks to adequate supplies.

However, the prices of onion, ginger and potato were slightly high. Traders cited the rising import costs and a decline in local production as the main reasons behind the price hike. Local ginger was selling for Tk. 110–120 a kg, while the imported Chinese variety was being sold for Tk. 140–160.

Besides, the price of another essential cooking ingredient—onion—also remained unchanged over the last week.

Local onions were being sold for Tk. 35–40 and the imported Indian variety for Tk. 28–30 a kg in the kitchen markets.

In some of the kitchen markets, tomatoes were priced at Tk. 30–35 a kg. Green tomatoes were selling for Tk. 20–40. In contrast, early last month, the price of tomatoes was over Tk. 100 per kg.

“This is the high season of tomato. Its price has gone down because supplies are adequate,” a vendor said.

Beans were selling for Tk. 45–50 as against last week’s Tk. 35-40.

Regarding the price of rice, a vendor told The Independent that it was difficult to predict anything.

“Because of the 11th parliamentary elections, the price of rice had suddenly shot up, but now the prices of different varieties of rice are decreasing,” said Hasan Mia, another vendor at Karwan Bazar.

Also, the price of broiler and local chicken remained unchanged—it was selling for Tk. 130–135 per kg yesterday while local chicken was being sold for Tk. 300–350 per kg.

The price of broiler eggs also remained stable. The item were being sold for Tk. 35–36 a ‘haali’ (four pieces). In grocery stores, an egg was being sold for Tk. 10. Fish prices remained unchanged throughout the week.