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25 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Vegetable prices go down, chicken, fish prices high

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Vegetable prices go down, chicken, fish prices high

Prices of different vegetables and eggs went down, while broiler and red layer chicken prices showed an upward trend over the last week. Besides, prices of other essential commodities, especially garlic and ginger,  remained high throughout the last week. A visit to different kitchen markets, including Karwan Bazar, showed that the price of broiler chicken increased by Tk. 5–10 a kg, while red layer chicken price went up by Tk. 40–50 per kg.

Broiler chicken was being sold for Tk. 155–160 a kg as against last week's Tk. 145–150. Red layer chicken (small size) was selling for Tk. 230–240 per piece, even though it was sold last week for Tk. 180-200. Besides, Pakistani chicken was being sold for Tk. 250–320 per piece.  Local chicken was selling for Tk. 450–500 a kg.

A chicken trader, Kabir, said the price of chicken has suddenly increased. “As we purchased these items with prices, we are forced to sell them at high rates. But hopefully, the price of chicken will go down,” he added.

However, the price of ginger, both local and imported varieties, remained high over the last week.  Both varieties was selling for Tk. 120–150 a kg yesterday, marking a 10 per cent hike from the price of last week.  Imported garlic was trading for Tk. 120–150 a kg, while the local variety was selling for Tk 80–100 a kg at retail markets, registering a 10–19 per cent hike in a week.

Traders attributed this price hike to a rise in the import cost and the rising demand for garlic and ginger. However, buyers blamed a syndicate for the rising prices.  

Onion prices went down from the previous week. The item was selling for Tk. 25–30 per kg as against last week's Tk. 30–35.

The price of lentils remained high over the last week as it was being sold Tk. 90–95 per kg.

Chickpeas are very popular during Ramadan. Their price orose to Tk. 75–80 a kg, up by Tk. 5 since last week.  

The price of sugar increased to Tk. 52–58 per kg. Last week, it had been selling for Tk. 47–52 a kg.  

Overall, vegetable prices showed a downward trend. Most vegetables were being sold for Tk. 40–60 a kg, even though

they had retailed for Tk. 60–70 last week. Summer vegetables like pointed gourd were selling for Tk. 35–40 per kg, okra for Tk. 40-45, bitter gourds for Tk. 40-50 and taro plant for Tk. 35–40 a kg yesterday.

Winter vegetables almost disappeared from the market. Only tomato was available for Tk. 30–35 a kg.

Sponge gourds were being sold for Tk. 40–45 a kg and snake gourds for Tk. 40–50. Eggplants were selling for Tk. 40–45 a kg, bottle gourds for Tk 40–45 apiece, ladies finger for Tk. 25–30 a kg, papaya for Tk. 45–55 and cucumber for Tk. 30–35. Sweet pumpkins were selling for Tk. 40–60 per piece, while green chillies were being sold for Tk. 70–80 a kg.

Potatoes were selling for Tk. 20–25 a kg.

Consumers complained that some unscrupulous traders were out to make hefty profits as they knew that people would buy some items even at a higher price during Ramadan.   

A retailer, Kamrul Islam, at the Kawran Bazar kitchen market told The Independent that vegetable prices were decreasing in the markets thanks to adequate supplies. The prices will go down even further, he said.

Meanwhile, the price of broiler chicken eggs went down. The item was being sold for Tk. 85-90 a dozen, registering a decrease of Tk. 10 from last week.  

Though both Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) fixed the prices red meat, including beef, a day before the start of Ramadan, most meat shops are not following the price chart.

Visiting different kitchen markets, The Independent found that beef prices were fixed at Tk. 525 a kg on May 6 by the DSCC. But most meat traders were still selling beef for Tk. 550–560 a kg. However, some shops were found selling beef at Tk. 525 a kg on the day. Besides, the price of mutton was Tk. 750 a kg.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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