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13 January, 2018 08:22:18 AM
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Supply abundance fails to tame vegetables’ prices

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Supply abundance fails to tame vegetables’ prices

Despite an adequate supply in the market, prices of winter vegetables have suddenly soared over a week.

Traders in markets like Karwan Bazar claimed that the prices of vegetables had soared because of the Bishwa Ijtema in Tongi. They admitted that there was no shortage of vegetables like tomatoes, beans, gourds, pumpkins, cauliflowers, cabbages, turnips, radishes, and red amaranth in the market.

Cauliflowers are being sold for Tk 35–40 per piece. A couple of days ago, they were selling for Tk 20–25 per piece. Cabbages, which were selling for Tk 25, are now being sold for Tk 35. The prices of beans have risen to Tk 40–50 from Tk 30–35 per kg. Only the price of chilli has remained the same at Tk 70 per kg.

Prices of turnips, radishes, tomatoes, and aubergines are also sliding up. Turnips, which were being sold at Tk 15–20 per kg, now cost Tk 20–25. The price of eggplant has doubled to Tk 50–55 per kg. It was only Tk 25 last week. Radish is being sold at Tk 25. The price was only Tk 15. Tomato prices have risen to Tk 50–60 per kg from Tk 30–40. Last week, the price of gourd was Tk 40 per piece. Now, they are being sold for Tk 60.

Traders, however, blamed the price rise on the Bishwa Ijtema in Tongi. They claimed the prices will come down once the Ijtema is over. Usually, the prices of vegetables are low in winter. In fact, vegetable prices had dropped consistently over the last few weeks.

Akram Hossain, a retailer, explained that the wholesalers are charging a little extra even though plenty of vegetables are available. “So, we also have to charge a higher price too,” he said.

At the same time, onion prices continue to be high. Over the last few weeks, imported onions have been sold at Tk 60–70 per kg. New local onions are being sold at Tk 70–80 per kg. The old local onions are selling for Tk 120–130 per kg.

A retailer at Karwan Bazar, Khairul Mia, explained that the supply of old local onions is low in the market. So, the price is a bit high. But there is a no lack of new, imported onions. That is why the unusual price rise has been checked, he said. However, for over a month now, onion prices have remained steady, but high. “We had thought the price of onion would come down,” he added.

Sanaullah, a shopper, told The Independent, “I bought two cauliflowers for Tk 70 today, but it was only Tk 60 last week. Even the price of beans has gone up to Tk 60 per kg from Tk 45–50 last week,” he said.

Shahida Begum, who had come to Karwan Bazar to buy vegetables, looked unhappy with the rise in the prices of vegetables, especially aubergine.

“I had bought aubergines for Tk 30 per kg last week. But today, they are charging Tk 55–60. Only in one week! Middle-class families are really hit when the prices of vegetables go up so suddenly for some lame excuse. There is no proper monitoring to control the price,” she complained.

Many people said the prices are even higher in the local markets around Dhaka compared to Karwan Bazar. 

SI

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