Prices of most or the essential commodities including rice, sugar, salt and vegetables remained high in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Despite assurance from the importers and wholesalers, prices of daily essentials continued to increase in the market ahead of Ramadan, the fasting month for the Muslims that will start in the last week of this month.
The coarse variety of rice was selling at Tk 45 a kg while BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 50-52 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
The coarse variety of Miniket rice was retailing at Tk 52-54 a kg, while its fine variety was selling at Tk 55-57 a kg on the day.
The price of sugar shot up in the city and the item was selling at Tk 70-72 a kg in most of the markets.
The price of sugar witnessed a sudden increase by Tk 7-8 on the wholesale market on April 29 on the pretext of a supply shortage.
Prices of vegetables also remained high over the week.
Aubergine was selling at Tk 40-60 a kg, bitter gourds at Tk 60 a kg, cucumber at Tk 30-40 a kg, bottle gourd at Tk 50 a piece, okra at Tk 50 a kg, papaya at Tk 40-50 a kg, carrot at Tk 40 a kg, and tomatoes at Tk 60 a kg.
Green chilli was selling at Tk 50-60 a kg and potato was selling at Tk 15-20 a kg on Friday.
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 beef and mutton remained high. Beef was selling at Tk 490-520 a kg and mutton at Tk 680-750 a kg on Friday.
Imported garlic was selling at Tk 230-250 a kg while the local variety was selling at Tk 120-140 a kg on Friday.
The prices of onion remained unchanged and the local variety of the item was retailing at Tk 28-Tk 32 a kg while imported item was selling at Tk 25-28 a kg on the day.
The price of gram remained high and the item was retailing at Tk 90-110 a kg over the week.
Fine-quality packet salt was selling at Tk 40 a kg while the refined one was retailing at Tk 28 a kg in the city markets.
The price of broiler decreased by Tk 10 a kg and the item was selling at Tk 150-155 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. The fine variety of imported red lentil was also 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.
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