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17 August, 2019 01:11:23 AM
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Kitchen markets yet to get back to normal rhythm after Eid

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Kitchen markets yet to get back to normal rhythm after Eid
A customer buys vegetables at Kaptan Bazar in the capital yesterday. Focus Bangla Photo

The kitchen markets of the capital are yet to get back to their normal rhythm after Eid-ul-Azha. Prices of essentials have remained high amid shortage of supplies.

On a visit to the city’s kitchen markets, including Karwan Bazar and Mirpur-2, this correspondent found only a handful of customers yesterday. Street vendors were seen in different areas with only a handful of vegetables and they were selling them at higher prices.

Vendors said it would take another two to three days before the markets began normal activities. Most of the holidaymakers will return to Dhaka in the next couple of days, they added.

Wholesalers, too, have not resumed businesses full-scale in Karwan Bazar and other kitchen markets. Most of the grocery stores in the markets have remained closed due to paucity of customers.

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

However, vegetable prices were high yesterday. Prices of most vegetables went up by Tk 10-15 compared to the pre-Eid prices.

Tomatoes were sold for Tk 100-120 a kg, eggplants for Tk 60-80, bitter gourds for Tk 70-80, cucumbers for Tk 80-100, ridge gourds for Tk 80 and okra for

Tk 60.

A buyer said the rise in the price was due to closed shops and lack of adequate supplies.

Vendors, however, claimed that the prices had, in fact, fallen because of the low buyers’ footfall.

The price of potato increased to Tk 25 a kg from Tk 20-22 before Eid. The price of onion, however, remained unchanged. Onion was sold for Tk 40-45 per kg.

Traders said since cold storage units were yet to reopen, the price of potato was slightly higher and it would take a few days before it came down to the previous level.

Summer vegetables like snake gourds and sponge gourds were sold for Tk 50-70 a kg. while bitter gourds were selling for Tk 70-80 yesterday.

Prices of radish and chili remained unchanged. Chili was sold for Tk. 100-160 per kg and pointed gourds for Tk 50-60 yesterday. Gourds were sold for Tk 35-40 per piece, while pumpkins were also sold for the same price.

After the Eid festival, the meat market usually does not appear to be stable, but this year it has been an exception. Beef was still being sold for the Eid prices.

Prices of broiler chicken and garlic witnessed a slight decline in the kitchen markets, while imported garlic saw a hike of Tk 3-4 per kg. Chicken prices were low at the capital’s kitchen market. Broiler chickens were sold for Tk 130-135 a kg. The price of red cocks was Tk 200-210 a kg.

A similar trend was observed at the fish market. Only a few fish vendors opened their shops yesterday. Hilsa, rohu, katla, sorputi were available, albeit at higher prices.

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

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