POST TIME: 22 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Vegetable prices up on inadequate supply

Vegetable prices up on
inadequate supply

A customer buys vegetables at Kaptan Bazaar in the capital yesterday. Focus Bangla

Prices of vegetables, garlic and ginger have increased over the last week in the city market due to inadequate supply.

Besides, chicken and fish prices remained high throughout last week.

A visit to the city’s kitchen markets, including Karwan Bazar, showed that vegetable prices are showing an upward trend.

Summer vegetables like pointed gourds were selling for Tk. 40-45 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. 40-50 a kg.

Sponge gourds were being sold for Tk. 40–45 a kg and snake gourds for Tk. 40–45. Eggplants were selling for Tk. 50-60 a kg, bottle gourds for Tk 40–45 a piece, ladies finger for Tk. 35-45 a kg, papaya for Tk. 50–60 and cucumber for Tk. 40-50 a kg.

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.

A customer, Riad Ahmed, said vegetable prices shot up suddenly and without any indication.

Besides, ginger and garlic became pricier last week against the rising demand.

Garlic prices increased to Tk. 140-160 per kg (imported variety) and Tk. 100-130 a kg (local), displaying a hike of Tk. 20 hike in one week.

The price of ginger rose by Rs. 10-20 to Tk. 170-210 a kg at retail markets yesterday.

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.

However, broiler chicken prices remained high over the last week. The item was being sold for Tk. 140-150 a kg, up from last week’s Tk 150-160.

Red layer chicken (small size) was selling for Tk. 250–300 per piece, even though it had been sold last week for Tk. 230–280. 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, Billal Hossain, said chicken prices went down from the previous week. “Hopefully, chicken prices will go down further,” he added.

Prices of beef and mutton remained high over the week. Beef was being sold for Tk. 550-560 a kg and mutton for Tk. 750.

Fish prices also remained high. Rohu was selling for Tk. 350–600 per kg, 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. 

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