Potato, lentil prices continue to riseABM Enamul Hassan
The prices of potato and lentil went up again on the different retail markets in the city over the week ending Friday.
Fish, onion, green chilli and cucumber saw fresh rises in their prices over the week.
Retailers said a supply dearth was responsible for the price hike.
Consumers, however, said wholesalers and hoarders were making artificial crisis to raise the prices of the commodities.
The prices of ginger and garlic, however, decreased over the week.
The prices of broiler, egg, salt and meat remained unchanged.
Potato was retailing at Tk 24 to Tk 26 a kilogram on the city markets on Friday, up from Tk 22 to Tk 24 a kg in the previous week.
The price of green chilli suddenly increased to Tk 55 from Tk 30 a kg, up by Tk 25 a kg over the week.
Lentil prices increased by Tk 4 to Tk 5 a kg over the past week compared to those a week before.
Red lentil, black gram, grass-pea, gram and chick-pea were retailing at Tk 115 a kg, Tk 120 a kg, Tk 60 a kg, Tk 80 a kg and Tk 95 a kg respectively on Friday, while those had retailed at Tk 110 a kg, Tk 115 a kg, Tk 55 a kg, Tk 75 a kg and Tk 90 a kg respectively.
The prices of shrimp, tengra, bele, kechki, punti, shing, rohita, katla, pangas and hilsa increased by Tk 10 to Tk 15 a kg on the city markets.
Rohita and katla were selling at Tk 190 to Tk 290 a kg and pangas and hilsa were retailing at Tk 120 to Tk 150 a kg and Tk 810 to Tk 910 a kg respectively, depending on their size and quality, on Friday.
Anisur Rahman, a bank employee, told New Age on Friday that if the government wanted to arrest price hike, it had to check syndicates at first.
The price spiral of commodities has crossed tolerable level for public, he said.
Broiler, like previous week, was retailing at Tk 170 to Tk 180 a kg. The packed salt and egg were selling at Tk 32 to Tk 35 a kg and at Tk 38 to Tk 40 a hali (four pieces) respectively.
The prices okra, snake gourd, aubergine, bitter gourd and tomato remained unchanged and were retailing at Tk 30 a kg, Tk 40 a kg, Tk 50 a kg, Tk 40 a kg and Tk 50 a kg respectively on Friday.
The prices of edible oil continued to rise. The price of bottled soy bean oil increased by Tk 2 a litre in the last one week compared to the previous week.
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