Commodity prices shoot up ahead of EidMoinul Haque
Prices of most commodities witnessed spiral rise on retail markets in the capital over the week ending Friday ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The essential commodities which are consumed in larger quantities in the Eid festival saw bigger increase in their prices over the week as the demand for the items increased substantially, traders said.
The prices of beef, mutton, broiler, fish and most of the vegetable went up further on Friday though the prices of rice, edible oil, spice and sugar remained stable on the retail markets in the city.
Beef, mutton and broiler marked a rise in their prices by Tk 10 to Tk 25 a kg at kitchen markets in the city, defying government fixed price.
Beef, mutton and broiler chicken were retailing at Tk 300 a kg, Tk 450 a kg and Tk 170 to Tk 180 a kg respectively, while these commodities were sold at Tk 275 to 240 a kg, Tk 425 a kg and Tk 160 a kg respectively in last week.
Ahead of the Ramadan government fixed the price of beet at Tk 275 a kg and mutton Tk 425 a kg.
There is an excessive demand for beef and mutton for the Eid festival, said Jahangir Alam, a meat seller at Rampura kitchen market.
The prices of rohita, katla, pangas and tilapia increased by Tk 10-Tk 50 a kg over the week.
Rohita was retailing at Tk 300 to Tk 500 a kg, katla at Tk 250 to Tk 450 a kg, pangas at Tk 150 to Tk 200 a kg and tilapia at Tk 160 to Tk 170 a kg, depending on their sizes and quality, on Friday.
Abdul Aziz, a retailer at the Hatirpul kitchen market, said the retail prices of fish went up as the demand had increased.
The price of hilsa increased by Tk 50 to Tk 100 per piece. A hilsa weighing one kg was selling at Tk 900 to Tk 1,100. A hilsa weighing about 600 grams to 800 grams was selling at Tk 700 to Tk 800.
Traders said the hilsa price had increased due to shortage of supply.
Most of the vegetable prices have increased by Tk 10 to Tk 20 for a kg at the kitchen market in the capital.
According to Abu Taher, a retailer at Shantinagar kitchen market, the prices of green chilli, aubergine, tomato and cucumber increased by Tk 30, Tk 20, Tk 30, and Tk 10 for a kilogram respectively as the commodities were consumed in larger quantities in the Eid festival.
The green chilli was retailing at Tk 80 a kg, aubergine at Tk 50 a kilogram, tomato at Tk 100 a kg and cucumber at Tk 40 a kg over the week.
Aromatic rice (chinigura and klijira) prices remained steady over the week and it was retailing at Tk 95 to Tk 125 a kilogram, said a trader at Karwan Bazar on Friday.
Fine varieties of miniket and najirshail, like the previous week, were selling at between Tk 40 and at Tk 52 a kg, medium varieties between Tk 36 and Tk 45 and coarse varieties between Tk 28 and Tk 32 a kg.
Flour price remained unchanged with unpacked flour selling at Tk 34 a kg and packed flour at Tk 38 a kg on Friday.
Cumin, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon were retailing at Tk 480 a kg, Tk 1,900 a kg, Tk 1,700 a kg and Tk 260 a kg over the week respectively over the week as the price of spices remained unchanged.
Garlic and ginger prices increased by Tk 10 a kg over the week and these were retailing at Tk 60 a kg and at Tk 65 a kg respectively.
Potato and onion were retailing at Tk 26 to Tk 28 a kg and at Tk 26 to Tk 35 a kg respectively as the prices of the commodities remained unchanged over the week.
Retailers of capitals kitchen markets has sold bottled soya bean (five litters), unpacked soya bean, palm and super palm oil at their previous prices at Tk 665 to Tk 670, Tk 135 a kg, Tk 105 a kg and Tk 108 a kg respectively on Friday.
Sugar price remain unchanged and was selling at Tk 55 a kg.
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