Onion prices soar ahead of Ramadan

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, May 12,2018

 
 

A file photo shows a trader arranging onions at his shop at the kitchen market, Dhaka new market in Dhaka. The prices of onions remained high in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending on Friday. — New Age photo

The prices of onions remained high in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Retailers blamed wholesalers for price hike of the item ahead of Ramadan, the fasting month for the Muslims which will begin in the third week of this month.
They said that wholesalers increased the prices of onions due to an increase of the item’s demand as consumers started buying the commodity in large quantity ahead of Ramadan.
The local variety of onions was selling at Tk 45-50 a kilogram on Friday, while the imported variety was retailing at Tk 35-40 a kg.
Garlic, imported from China, was retailing at Tk 110-120 a kg while the local variety was selling at Tk 60-70 a kg.
Garlic imported from India selling at Tk 90-100 a kg on Friday.
Prices of vegetables remained unchanged over the week.
Aubergine sold at Tk 40-60 a kg, papaya at Tk 40-50 a kg, bitter gourds at Tk 40, okra at Tk 40, beans at Tk 40-50, cucumber at Tk 30-50 and each piece of bottle gourd at Tk 30-40 on Friday.
The prices of green chilli fell to Tk 60-80 a kg in the city markets.
The prices of broiler chicken remained unchanged and the item sold at Tk 145-150 a kg while the locally bred hens sold at Tk 350-400 a kg on the day.
The price of beef remained unchanged at Tk 470- 500 a kg while mutton sold at Tk 780-800 a kg in the city markets.
Rohita sold at Tk 200-300 a kg, katla at Tk 200-280 a kg, pangas at Tk 120-170 a kg and tilapia at Tk 110-180 a kg, depending on their size and quality.
The local variety of red lentil sold at Tk 120 a kg, while the coarse variety of imported red lentil retailed at Tk 70-80 a kg over the week.
The price of eggs remained unchanged at Tk 28-30 a hali (four pieces) in the city markets over the week.
The prices of fish remained unchanged in the city markets over the week.
A one-litre container of soya bean oil 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 sold at Tk 98 a kg, while palm oil sold 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.
The prices of rice remained unchanged over the week.
A kilogram of coarse variety rice sold at Tk 40-44 on Friday.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice retailed at Tk 65-70 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 60-64 a kg in the city markets.
BR-28 rice retailed at Tk 45-48 a kg, while Miniket rice sold at Tk 60-68 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
The coarse variety of Miniket rice retailed at Tk 55-68 a kg on the day.
The prices of sugar remained unchanged and the refined and imported sugar sold at Tk 60-65 a kg, while the locally produced sugar sold at Tk 70-75 a kg in most of the Dhaka markets on Friday.
Fine-quality packaged salt sold at Tk 38 a kg, while the refined variety of salt retailed at Tk 28 a kg in the city markets.

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