Prices of onion, ginger, garlic soar

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:48, Sep 18,2020

 
 

A vendor sells different commodities including onions at a kitchen market at Matuail in the capital on Friday. The prices of onion, ginger and garlic went up on the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.— Focusbangla photo

The prices of onion, ginger and garlic went up on the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.

Traders said that there was a supply shortage of the items on the market as the country depended on imports to meet the majority of demand for the commodities.

The price of onion almost doubled after the Indian government imposed an export ban on the commodity on Monday as more than 80 per cent of Bangladesh’s total onion import came from India.   

They said that the prices of ginger and garlic rose on the city markets due to the off-seasonal supply shortage.

The price of onion had increased by Tk 30-40 a kg over the week and the local variety sold for Tk 90-100 a kg while the imported variety sold for Tk 80-85 a kg on Friday.

Traders increased the price of onion to Tk 120 a kg on Tuesday as India imposed an export ban on the commodity on Monday but the price had eased a little by Friday.

The price of ginger increased by Tk 20 a kg. The imported variety sold for Tk 220-250 a kg and the local variety retailed at Tk 160-200 a kg on Friday.

The price of garlic increased by Tk 10-20 a kg. The imported item retailed at Tk 90-100 a kg while the local variety sold for Tk 100-120 a kg in the capital on the day.

The prices of vegetables remained high over the week.

Aubergine sold for Tk 70-80 a kg, papaya for Tk 40 a kg, bitter gourd for Tk 70-80 a kg, okra for Tk 60 a kg, bottle gourd for Tk 60-70 apiece, Chinese okra for Tk 60 a kg, string beans for Tk 80 a kg, cucumber for Tk 40 a kg and tomato for Tk 120-140 a kg on Friday.

The price of green chilli was slightly down and the item was selling for Tk 160-200 a kg.

The price of broiler chicken fell by Tk 10 a kilogram and the item sold for Tk 115-120 a kg in the capital on Friday. Locally bred hens sold for Tk 450500 a kg.

Beef sold for Tk 550-580 a kg while mutton sold for Tk 800900 a kg in the capital on Friday.

The price of eggs remained high as well with each hali or four pieces selling for Tk 36-38 on Friday.

The prices of fish remained unchanged over the week.

Rohita sold for Tk 260-350 a kg and Katla for Tk 250-350 a kg, depending on size and quality.

Pangas sold for Tk 130-180 a kg and Tilapia sold for Tk 120160 a kg.

The price of potato remained high and the item sold for Tk 40 a kg in the city.

A one-litre container of bottled soya bean oil was selling for Tk 108-110 while a five-litre container was selling for Tk 490540 on the markets.

Unpackaged soya bean oil sold for Tk 86-92 a litre while palm oil sold for Tk 75-80 a litre.

The price of red lentil remained high and its fine variety sold for Tk 125 a kg on Friday. The medium-quality variety sold for Tk 90-95 a kg while the coarse variety sold for Tk 65-70 a kg.

The price of rice remained high over the week and the coarse variety sold for Tk 42-48 a kg on Friday.

The standard variety of BR-28 rice sold for Tk 50 a kg and the fine variety sold for Tk 52-54 a kg in the capital.

The standard variety of Miniket rice sold for Tk 5658 a kg while the fine variety sold for Tk 6065 a kg on the day.

The fine variety of Najirshail rice retailed at Tk 60-65 a kg.

Fine-quality packaged salt retailed at Tk 35 a kg while the refined variety retailed at Tk 25 a kg.

Refined sugar retailed at Tk 60-65 a kg while the locally produced variety retailed at Tk 70 a kg.

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