The prices of hilsa almost doubled in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending on Friday as the demand of the fish increased on the eve of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year that falls on April 14.
‘Today is the last day for hilsa business as the demand of the fish is going to be decreased from Sunday after the celebration of Bangla New Year,’ Md Monir, a hilsa trader at Karwan Bazar, told New Age on Friday.
He said that the price of hilsa increased by Tk 200 to Tk 1,000 a kilogram depending on the size.
The price of a hilsa, weighing around 700 grams to 800 grams, was sold at Tk 1000-Tk 1,200 on Friday, which was Tk 200-400 more than the usual price.
A piece of hilsa weighing 1 kg to 1.2 kg was sold at Tk 1,800-Tk 2,500, increased by Tk 500-900 a kg, on the day.
A hilsa weighing around 500 grams to 600 grams increased by Tk Tk 200 a kg was sold at Tk 650 to Tk 850 a kg on Friday.
According to the data of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh, the price of hilsa in last one month was increased by 92.31 per cent to Tk 700-1,800 a kg in the city markets.
The prices of other fish remained unchanged. Rohita was sold at Tk 200-Tk 300 a kg, katla at Tk 200-Tk 280 a kg, pangas at Tk 120-Tk 170 a kg and tilapia at Tk 110-Tk 180 a kg, depending on their size and quality.
Broiler chicken prices remained unchanged and the item was sold at Tk 145-155 a kg on Friday while the locally bred hens were sold at Tk 350-400 a kg on the day.
The price of beef remained high and the item was sold at Tk 500 a kg while mutton was sold at Tk 780-800 a kg in the city markets.
A one-litre container of soya bean oil was sold at Tk 105-107, while a five-litre container at Tk 515-540 in the city’s kitchen markets on Friday.
Unpacked soya bean oil was sold at Tk 98 a kg, while palm oil was sold at Tk 85 a kg.
The prices of vegetables remained unchanged in the city’s kitchen markets over the week.
A kilogram of aubergine was sold at Tk 30-50, bitter gourds at Tk 50, okra at Tk 50, papaya at Tk 30-40, beans at Tk 40, cucumber at Tk 30-50 and each piece of bottle gourd was priced at Tk 30-40.
The prices of green chilli remained unchanged and the item was sold at Tk 80 a kg while potatoes were retailed at Tk 18-20 a kg on the day.
The local variety of onions was sold at Tk 35-40 a kg on Friday, while the imported variety was retailed at Tk 30-35 a kg.
Garlic imported from China was retailed at Tk 100-110 a kg, while its local variety was sold at Tk 50-70 a kg on Friday.
Garlic imported from India was sold at Tk 80-90 a kg on the day. The price of eggs remained unchanged
at Tk 28-30 a hali (four pieces) in the city markets over the week.
The local variety of red lentil was sold at Tk 120 a kg, while the coarse variety of imported red lentil was retailed at Tk 70-80 a kg over the week.
The prices of ginger remained unchanged with its local variety sold at Tk 80-90 a kg and the imported variety at Tk 100-110 a kg.
The prices of rice remained high in the city’s kitchen markets over the week.
A kilogram of coarse variety of rice was sold at Tk 44-48 on Friday.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailed at Tk 70-72 a kg and its standard variety was sold at Tk 62-65 a kg in the city markets.
BR-28 rice was retailed at Tk 52-55 a kg, while Miniket rice was sold at Tk 62-68 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
The coarse variety of Miniket rice was retailed at Tk 58-60 a kg on the day.
The prices of sugar remained unchanged and the refined and imported sugar were sold at Tk 60-65 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was sold at Tk 70-75 a kg in most of the Dhaka markets on Friday.
Fine-quality packaged salt was sold at Tk 38 a kg, while the refined variety of salt was retailed at Tk 28 a kg in the city markets.
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