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25 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Garlic, ginger become dearer

Prices of other essentials also mark rise in capital’s kitchen markets
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Garlic, ginger become dearer
A customer buys vegetables from a seller at Jatrabari Bazar in the capital yesterday. FOCUS BANGLA PHOTO

Prices of kitchen essentials like garlic, ginger, loose palm oil, red chillies, cinnamon, and different varieties of rice have increased in the capital’s kitchen markets compared to last week. Consumers have been hit hard by a series of hikes in the prices of essential kitchen items in recent months. However, the prices of different vegetables have shown a downward trend over the period. Onion, a key cooking ingredient, witnessed a slight decline over the week.

Visits to different kitchen markets, including Karwan Bazar, yesterday revealed that the prices of garlic and ginger had increased by Tk. 20 within a week. Garlic was selling for Tk. 150–180 per kg and ginger for Tk. 140–160 per kg. Both bottled (branded) and loose soybean oil also became costlier by Tk. 3–4 per litre in the retail markets. Bottled varieties were selling at Tk. 110–114 per litre, loose soybean oil at Tk. 95–96 per litre, and super palm oil at Tk. 85–86 per litre yesterday. The retail prices of medium- and fine-grained rice, including BRRI dhan-28, Miniket, and Jeerashail, rose by Tk. 2–3 per kg compared to last week.

Traders blamed the price increases on this being the off-season for the three varieties of rice. BRRI dhan-28 was sold at Tk. 44–47 per kg, and Jeerashail and Miniket at Tk. 55–67 per kg based on their quality at the retail markets. Rice trader Akramul Hoque said the prices of the three Boro season varieties had increased by Tk. 40–60 per 50-kg sack in the last one-and-a-half-weeks. “The prices have increased following normal trading norms,” he added. But he noted that the prices of seasonal coarse varieties like BR-11 and Swarna had remained stable at Tk. 34–36 per kg over the last one month.

The price of red chillies also swelled to Tk. 420–460 per kg in the past week, up from Tk. 250–280 per kg earlier. The price of cinnamon rose as well, increasing to Tk. 450–480 per kg yesterday. This marks a significant hike compared to the rate of Tk. 380–420 per kg seven days earlier.    However, the cost of cardamom showed a downward trend. It sold at Tk. 4,000-4,400 per kg yesterday, sliding down from last week’s rate of Tk. 5,000–6,200 per kg. On the bright side, the arrival of winter vegetables has permitted a decrease in vegetable prices.

Onion prices declined to some extent over the past week. The local newly harvested Murikata variety sold at Tk. 110–120 per kg, while imported varieties went for Tk. 70–80 per kg yesterday. Traders say increasing supplies of common vegetables like cauliflowers, cabbages, gourds, and tomatoes have resulted in a fall in prices. The price of beans, for instance, dropped by more than half compared to last week. Winter vegetables like cauliflowers, cabbages, country beans, radishes, carrots, and tomatoes showed a Tk. 10–15 decline per kg/piece in the last seven days. Insiders said this was thanks to a massive drop in the prices of the items at the farm level.

Cauliflowers and cabbages retailed at Tk. 25–40 apiece yesterday, country beans at Tk. 35–50 per kg, radishes at Tk. 30–35 per kg, carrots at Tk. 50 per kg, and newly harvested tomatoes at Tk. 70–80 per kg. Beef sold for Tk. 530–550 per kg in the capital yesterday, while mutton was priced in the Tk. 750–800 range. Most fish, including hilsa, have become more expensive. Traders attributed this to low catches in rivers, lakes, ponds, and sanctuaries amid cold weather. Hilsa prices rose to Tk. 1,000–1,650 per kg depending on the size of the fish, marking a 20–25 per cent hike within a week.  The prices of riverine rohu, katla, shrimp, and tengra have also increased by Tk. 40–100 per kg.

 

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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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