There was no respite for the consumers from high prices of commodities as the prices of most of the daily essentials maintained upward trend in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Consumers blamed the lack of government monitoring and manipulation by dishonest business syndicate for the high price of commodities.
‘The margin between wholesale prices and retail prices of vegetables have increased abnormally while prices of essentials like rice and sugar have remained high in city markets for long due to lack of government monitoring,’ Shahriar Hossain, a private service holder who came to Hatirpool kitchen market, told New Age on Friday.
In the market, a kilogram of aubergine was selling at Tk 40-80, bitter gourd at Tk 60-80, okra at Tk 50-60, papaya at Tk 25-30, beans at Tk 30-40, cucumber at Tk 20-40 and each piece of bottle gourd was priced at Tk 50-60 on the day.
At Karwanbazar whole sale market, only a kilometre away from Hatirpool kitchen market, a kilogram of aubergine was selling at Tk 15-40, bitter gourd at Tk 20-30, okra at Tk 20, papaya at Tk 7-10, beans at Tk 10-15, cucumber at Tk 8-12 and each piece of bottle gourd wholesaled at Tk 20-25 on Friday.
At Mohammadpur Town Hall market, beef was selling at Tk 465-490 a kg on the day while mutton was selling at Tk 700-750 a kg.
‘Beef and mutton have disappeared from our menu for many years now. We intake beef during Eid-ul-Azha as well-off groups sacrifice good number of cows across the country,’ said Mossafor Hossain, a rickshaw puller, who came to the city from Assasuni Upazila under Satkhira.
He said the prices of cows had decreased by one third in last six months in the country’s rural areas but the prices of meat remained high in city markets.
‘We are largely dependent on potato, lentil and eggs as we have to spend a lion share of our income for buying rice. We and our child take broiler one or two days in a month,’ Mossafor said.
A kilogram of coarse variety of rice was selling at Tk 44-48 on Friday.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 70-72 a kg and its standard variety was selling at Tk 62-65 in city markets.
BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 52-55 a kg, while ‘Miniket’ rice was selling at Tk 62-68 in city markets on Friday.
The coarse variety of ‘Miniket’ rice was retailing at Tk 58-60 a kg on the day.
Broiler chicken price remained unchanged at Tk 130-140 a kg while the locally bred hens were selling at Tk 300-350 a kg on Friday.
The prices of eggs also remained unchanged at Tk 25-30 a hali (four pieces) in city markets over the week.
The local variety of red lentil was selling at Tk 120 a kg while the coarse variety of imported red lentil was retailing at Tk 70-80 a kg over the week.
A one-litre container of soybean oil was selling at Tk 105-107, while a five-litre container at Tk 515-540 in the city’s kitchen markets on Friday.
Unpacked soybean oil was selling at Tk 98 a kg, while
palm oil was selling at Tk 85 a kg.
The prices of ginger remained unchanged with its local variety selling at Tk 80-90 a kg and the imported variety at Tk 100-110 a kg.
Sugar were selling at Tk 60-65 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was selling at Tk 70-75 a kg in most of the Dhaka markets on Friday.
The local variety of onion was selling at Tk 45-50 a kg on Friday, while the imported onions were retailing at Tk 30-40 a kg.
Garlic imported from China was retailing at Tk 110-120 a kg while its local variety was selling at Tk 80-90 a kg and garlic imported from India was selling at Tk 100 a kg on Friday.
Rohita was selling at Tk 200-300 a kg, Katla at Tk 200-300 a kg, Pangas at Tk 120-180 a kg and Tilapia at Tk 120-160 a kg, depending on size and quality.
Fine-quality packaged salt was selling at Tk 38 a kg, while the refined variety of salt was retailing at Tk 28 a kg in the city markets.
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