The prices of onion and garlic went up in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Traders said the prices of the items increased at the wholesale market due to a supply shortage as a quarter started to hoard the local varieties of the items to gain excessive profit in the coming Ramadan, the fasting month for the Muslims.
The demand for onion and garlic along with a number of other commodities increased in Ramadan as these are used in preparing Iftar items.
The prices of onion increased by Tk 5-8 a kilogram over the week and the local verity was retailing at Tk 25-35 a kg, while the imported one at Tk 25-26 a kg on Friday.
The prices of garlic increased by Tk 10 a kg and the imported garlic was selling at Tk 200 a kg while the local variety was retailing at Tk 110-130 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets on Friday.
The prices of vegetables remained high over the week.
Aubergine was selling at Tk 30-40 a kg, bitter gourds at Tk 60-70 a kg, cucumber at Tk 40 a kg, bottle gourd at Tk 40 a piece, okra at Tk 60 a kg, papaya at Tk 30 a kg, carrot at Tk 50 a kg, beans at Tk 40 a kg and tomatoes at Tk 30 a kg.
Green chilli was selling at Tk 50-60 a kg and potato was selling at Tk 15-20 a kg on Friday.
The prices of beef and mutton remained high. Beef was selling at Tk 490-510 a kg and mutton at Tk 650-750 a kg on Friday.
The prices of broiler decreased by Tk 5 a kg over the week and the item was selling at Tk 160 a kg, while the locally-bred hens were selling at Tk 320-450 a kg on Friday.
The price of ginger remained unchanged and the item was retailing at Tk 80-120 a kg.
The price of eggs remained unchanged and the item was selling at Tk 28-30 a hali (four pieces) on Friday.
The price of red lentil remained unchanged over the week. The local variety of red lentil was selling at Tk 130-140 a kg while the fine variety of imported red lentil was selling at Tk 130-140 a kg.
The coarse variety of imported red lentil was retailing at Tk 80-110 a kg over the week.
Unpacked refined sugar was selling at Tk 70 a kg while packed one was retailing at Tk 72 a kg.
A one-litre container of soya bean oil was selling at Tk 105-107 while a five-litre container at Tk 505-525 in the city’s kitchen markets on Friday.
Unpacked soya bean oil was selling at Tk 98 a kg while palm oil was selling at Tk 85 a kg.
The prices of rice remained high over the week.
The coarse variety of rice was selling at Tk 42 a kg while BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 46-50 a kg on Friday.
Miniket rice’s coarse variety was retailing at Tk 50-54 a kg, while its fine variety was selling at Tk 55-57 a kg in the city markets on Friday. Najirshail was selling at Tk 54-58 a kg.
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