Prices of vegetables go up in capitalStaff Correspondent
Prices of most of the vegetables had gone up slightly in different kitchen markets in the city last week ending Friday.
Retailers cited rains, supply shortage and transport problems as the reasons behind the price hike.
Prices of edible oil, chicken and eggs also remained high in the city’s kitchen markets last week.
The consumers expressed their dissatisfaction over high prices of vegetables and other necessary commodities.
Potato price had gone up by Tk 1 a kilogram and was retailing Tk 15 to Tk 16 a kg.
Each kg of beans, okra and tomato was selling for TK 28 to Tk 30, Tk 32 to Tk 36 and Tk 25 to Tk 28 at the city’s Shantinagar bazaar and New Market on Friday.
The price of aubergine, however, decreased by Tk 5 a kg and was retailing for Tk 20 to Tk 25 a kg in the markets on Friday.
Retailer Abdus Samad at Shantinagar bazar said that the vegetables prices had gone up slightly due to shortfall in supply.
He also said the rains in some parts of the country and Dhaka city last week hampered transportation of many perishable commodities, resulting in price hike.
Md Zamir Hossain, a consumer who came to New Market for buying vegetables, expressed his dissatisfaction and blamed traders’ greed to make profit by raising prices of vegetables.
A wholesaler at Karwan Bazar, Syed Samsul Alam, said the supply of vegetables in the market was normal and the average wholesale price was not more than that in the previous week.
Like previous week, unpacked soya bean and super palm oil were retailed for Tk 135 a kg and Tk 115 a kg respectively while each five-litre bottled soya bean oil was selling for Tk 650 to Tk 665 on Friday at Karwan Bazar.
Broiler chicken was selling for Tk 155 to Tk 160 per kg at Hatirpool in the city on Friday while local chicken was selling for Tk 300 to Tk 320 per piece weighing around one kg. Farm eggs were selling for Tk 34 to Tk 36 a hali (four pieces).
Local garlic price went up to Tk 40 a kg on Friday from Tk 30 a kg last week. The price of imported garlic remained unchanged and was selling for Tk 70 a kg.
Like the previous week, prices of fine varieties of rice such as Miniket and Najirshail ranged between Tk 40 and Tk 52 a kg, medium variety between Tk 36 and Tk 38 and of coarse variety between Tk 28 and Tk 32 a kg over the week.
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