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23 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 March, 2019 10:02:25 PM
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Prices remain high in capital

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Prices remain high in capital
The picture taken yesterday shows customers buying vegetables at Kaptan Bazaar kitchen market in the capital. Focus Bangla Photo

Prices of vegetables remained high over the last couple of weeks in the capital's kitchen markets due to lack of adequate supply against the rising demand. Chicken prices too showed an upward trend, while egg prices stayed high dear throughout the week.

A visit to several kitchen markets in the capital, including Karwan Bazar, yesterday revealed that vegetable prices went up further as against last week’s. Most of the vegetables were being sold for over Tk. 80–100 a kg.

New summer vegetables like pointed gourds, okra, bitter gourds and colocasia stems were being sold for Tk. 80–110 a kg  yesterday.

Winter vegetables almost disappeared from the market. Only tomato was available for Tk. 35–50 a kg, up from Tk. 25–40 a week ago.

Bitter gourds were being sold for Tk. 80–100 a kg, sponge gourds for Tk. 80–100, pointed gourds and snake gourds for Tk. 90–110 a kg. Eggplants were selling for Tk. 45–55 a kg, bottle gourds for Tk. 40–50 apiece, ladies finger for Tk. 50–60 a kg, papaya for Tk. 20–30 and cucumber for Tk. 30–40.

Most of the vegetables and leafy greens showed a further hike in prices during the period. Prices of day-to-day necessary items increased by Tk. 5–10 per kg/bunch a week.  

Sweet pumpkins were priced at Tk. 35–50 per piece, while cauliflowers and cabbages were sold for Tk. 30–40 and Tk. 30–40 apiece, respectively.

“Vegetable prices are high due to adequate supply. The rain has damaged crops and inflicted heavy financial losses on vegetable growers,” Zillur Rahman, a vendor at the Kawran Bazar kitchen market, told The Independent yesterday.

But consumers blamed the government’s lax monitoring system, which has failed to keep prices under control.

Meanwhile, layer chicken (small size) was being sold for Tk. 210–220 per piece, broiler chicken for Tk. 160–165 per kg and Pakistani chicken for Tk. 260–350 per piece. The price of local chicken also went up compared to the previous week with per kg price at Tk. 400–450.

A chicken trader said he did not have any idea about the real reason behind the rise in chicken prices. “The wholesalers perhaps would be able to point out the real reason,” he added.

Duck eggs were being sold for Tk. 155–160 a dozen, while local chicken eggs were retailing for Tk. 165–170 in the kitchen markets. These items had been sold for Tk. 130–135 a dozen and Tk. 135–140 a dozen, respectively, earlier last month.   

“There is a huge demand for eggs, but the supply is low as the hot weather causes eggs to rot fast," said Jabbar, an egg seller.

Local varieties of onion were being sold for Tk. 30–35 a kg at retail markets yesterday, while the imported variety was selling for Tk. 25-30. Garlic was being sold for Tk. 90–100 a kg. Local ginger was being sold for Tk. 100–110 a kg, while the imported Chinese variety was selling for Tk. 75–90.

Green chilies were being sold for Tk. 60-70 a kg. Newly harvested potatoes were sold for Tk. 20–25.  

Fish prices soared throughout the week. Hilsa was being sold for Tk. 900–1,050 a kg, rohu for Tk. 350–600, tilapia for Tk. 150–180, pangas for Tk. 170–200, pabda for Tk. 600–700, wallago attu for Tk. 600–800  and catfish for Tk. 500-600 a kg.

Fish traders said the price of fish depended entirely on the supply. Owing to low production of fish over the past few months, the prices spiralled, they opined.  

Wholesalers, however, expressed hope that the price of essential commodities would come down within a day or two.  

Beef was being sold for Tk. 500-520 a kg, up from Tk. 480–500 only a week back. The price of mutton, however, remained unchanged. It was being sold for Tk 700–750 a kg.

Jashmin Akhter, a customer at the Karwan Bazar kitchen market, said that prices of all products have been high since last week.  "The price hike has created problems for middle-class families.

We have no extra income, so it is very difficult to buy poultry or fish,” she added.

Prices of different varieties of rice remained unchanged over the week.

 

 

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