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23 June, 2018 12:56:56 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 June, 2018 10:31:44 AM
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Kitchen markets yet to resume full-blown business after Eid

STAFF REPORTER
Kitchen markets yet to resume full-blown business after Eid

After the end of Eid-ul-Fitr, the capital’s kitchen markets are yet to get back to their normal rhythm. Prices of essentials have remained steady despite a shortage of supplies. On a visit to the city's kitchen markets, including Karwan Bazar, this correspondent found only a handful of customers.

Vendors said it would take two more days for the kitchen markets to resume full-blown activities. Most of the holidaymakers will return to Dhaka in the next couple of days, they noted.

Wholesalers too have not resumed their businesses full-scale in Karwan Bazar. Some grocery stores in the market have remained closed due to the low number of customers.

Besides, many of the traders are yet to return to the capital after the Eid holidays.

However, vegetable prices were high yesterday. Most vegetables saw an increase of Tk. 10 compared to the pre-Eid prices.

A buyer said the price rise could be attributed to the closed shops and lack of supplies. But vendors claimed that prices had, in fact, fallen because of the scant presence of buyers.

The price of potato has increased to Tk. 25-30 a kg from Tk. 20-25 before Eid. Onion prices have, however, remained unchanged.

Traders said that since cold storage units were yet to reopen, potato prices were slightly higher and would take a few days to come down to the previous level.

Summer vegetables like snake gourd and sponge gourd were selling for Tk. 50-70 a kg and bitter gourd for Tk. 65-80 yesterday.

Eggplant prices were high as before Eid. They were being sold at Tk. 50-60 a kg. The prices of cucumber, radish, and chilli remained unchanged. Chilli was offered at Tk. 80 per kg and pointed gourd at Tk. 50-60 yesterday. Tomato prices were Tk. 120 a kg.

Gourds were being sold at Tk. 35-40 per piece. Pumpkins were also selling at the same price.

A vegetable vendor told this reporter that vegetable prices had jumped after Eid amidst a shortage of supply.

After the Eid festival, the meat market usually appears to be unstable, but this year has been an exception. Beef is still selling at the Eid prices.

A similar trend is observed at the fish market. Only a few fish vendors turned up to do business yesterday. Hilsa, rohu, katla, sorputi were available in the markets, albeit at higher prices.

Large-sized lobsters were being sold for Tk. 1,000 per kg yesterday. Medium-sized hilsa was selling for Tk. 500-800. Rohu fish was being sold for Tk. 250-260 a kg, while tilapia was being sold for Tk.130 a kg. Katla fish was priced at Tk. 260 per kg.

Prices of broiler chicken and garlic witnessed a slight low in the capital’s kitchen markets, while imported garlic saw a hike of Tk. 3-4 per kg.

Traders said importers and local millers increased the wholesale prices of rice after budget announcements in which the government reinstated 28 per cent import duty on the staple.

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