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Rice prices go up as govt hikes fuel price

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A file photo shows sacks of rice at a market in Dhaka. The prices of coarse and fine varieties of rice increased on the both wholesale and retail markets in the city over the week. — New Age photoA file photo shows sacks of rice at a market in Dhaka. The prices of coarse and fine varieties of rice increased on the both wholesale and retail markets in the city over the week. — New Age photo

The prices of coarse and fine varieties of rice increased on the both wholesale and retail markets in the city over the week.
Traders say that the millers have increased the price of rice after recent price hike of fuel oil by the government. The ongoing dense fog is also disrupting the process of production.  
The prices of the vegetables remained pricey and some of the items marked fresh rise on the city’s retail markets over the week ending Friday.
The prices of coarse and fine varieties of rice such as BR-28, miniket and najirshail increased by Tk 3-Tk 5 a kg on the retail market.
The BR-28 variety of rice was selling at Tk 38-39 a kg from Tk 34-35 a kg over the week ending Friday.
Fine varieties of miniket and najirshail were selling at between Tk 44 and Tk 52 a kg from Tk 40 and 46 on the day.
Abdul Haque, a wholesaler of Karwan Bazar, told New Age that the millers has increased the prices of coarse and fine varieties of rice in the name of fuel price hike.
Besides this, the production process of rice is largely hampered due to dense fog during the last couple of weeks.
Mizanur Rahaman, a retailer alleged that a syndicate manipulated the market on rumour that the government might allow the export of rice.
The prices of aubergine, bitter gourd and papaya increased by Tk 10 and Tk 5 a kg respectively and other vegetables remained high over the week.
The prices of aubergine, bean, papaya and bitter gourd were selling at Tk 60 to Tk 90 a kg, Tk 40 to Tk 60 a kg, Tk 30 a kg and Tk 60 to Tk 80 a kg respectively on Friday.
The prices of radish, carrot, turnip, cucumber and spinach remained unchanged over the week.
Radish was selling at Tk 30 a kg, carrot at Tk 40 a kg, turnip at Tk 35 a kg, cucumber at Tk 50 a kg and spinach at Tk 40 a kg at the Rampura kitchen market on Friday.
The prices cauliflower and cabbage were retailing at Tk 35 a piece and Tk 30 a piece respectively on the capital’s kitchen markets.
The price of local ripe tomato was selling at Tk 80 a kg while green tomato was selling at Tk 50 a kg on the day.
The price of green chilli remained unchanged and was retailing at Tk 80 a kg on the day.
The local variety of newly harvested onion was selling at Tk 40 a kg and imported onion also at Tk 40 a kg on Friday.
The prices of the local varieties of garlic and ginger remained unchanged and the commodities were retailing at Tk 60 a kg and Tk 100 a kg respectively.
The price of potato increased by Tk 5 a kg and was selling at Tk 35 a kg over the week.
The prices of unpacked soya bean and super palm oil remained unchanged and were retailing at Tk 130 a kg and Tk 95 a kg respectively while each five-litre bottle of soya bean oil was selling at Tk 655 to Tk 665 on the day.
The price of fish remained steady over the week. Rohita was retailing at Tk 260 to Tk 420 a kg, katla at Tk 200 to Tk 300 a kg, pangas at Tk 120 to Tk 230 a kg and tilapia at Tk 110 to Tk 140 a kg, depending on their size and quality, on Friday.
The price of broiler chicken decreased by Tk 15 a kg and was selling at Tk 150 to Tk 155 a kg on Friday.
The prices of beef and mutton remained stable and were retailing at Tk 280 a kg and Tk 425 a kg respectively on the day.
Local red lentil price remained high and was retailing at Tk 140 a kg while the imported red lentil was selling at Tk 80 a kg on Friday.
The price of sugar remained unchanged and was selling at Tk 50 to Tk 52 a kg.
The price of egg remained stable and was selling at Tk 38 a hali (four pieces) over the week.




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