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22 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Onion prices rise again amid strike

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka
Onion prices rise again amid strike

The prices of onions and vegetables in the capital’s kitchen markets have increased as transport workers continue to strike over the new road transport law. Though onion prices had dropped to Tk. 140–160 per kg, prices have again shot up to Tk. 170–180 per kg due to the truckers’ strike.

The prices of winter vegetables have also increased by Tk. 10–20 per kg for the same reason. Wholesale and retail traders confirmed this at different kitchen markets of the capital yesterday. The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) has accelerated the sale of onions at Tk. 45 per kg at the divisional and district levels, including in Dhaka city, to normalise the supply and price of the kitchen staple. TCB has been selling onions at 50 locations across the capital.

Onion prices have been increasing continuously despite various steps taken to stabilise them. “We are now selling onions at Tk. 8,000 per maund. The rate was Tk. 6,500 before the strike. Now onions have been imported, but they cannot reach the market due to the goods truck strike,” Md Sabuj, a wholesale trader at Karwan Bazar, said to The Independent yesterday.

Asked about the huge quantity of onions being imported from abroad, he said, “It will take a few more days for these onions to enter the wholesale and retail markets.”

“We are selling onions from Myanmar at Tk. 170–180 per kg and Egyptian onions at Tk. 120 per kg. The price has increased slightly due to the supply shortage in the wholesale markets,” said Md Kabir, a retailer at the Mirpur-1 kitchen market. The city’s kitchen markets are facing an acute shortage of winter vegetables because of the transport strike.  According to retail and wholesale traders, the retail prices of vegetables remained stable on Wednesday, but the wholesale rates for cauliflower, cabbage and aubergine increased by Tk. 10–15 per kg.

According to commerce ministry officials, the government has begun a special initiative to import onions by air and sea, and several consignments have already reached the country. Onions are being imported from Egypt, Turkey, and Pakistan through air cargo. A cargo aircraft carrying 81.5 tonnes of imported onions from Pakistan arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday evening.

Local varieties of new onions (with leaves) have also hit the market and their prices are coming down fast, one of the officials said.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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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