Prices of traditional iftar items in which meat is the main ingredient have increased sharply this year compared with last year in capital’s markets while prices of other fried and fruit items have not increased that much.
Talking to New Age at the traditional iftar market of Chawkbazar in old town of Dhaka, buyers complained that the prices of meat items increased at least by 25 per cent while other items increased by 5 to 10 per cent.
Chan Miah Baburchi’s Shahi Iftar shop’s seller Nur Mohammad admitted said that the iftar prices increased because of hike in beef and mutton prices.
He said that meat traders charging Tk 550 for a kilogram of beef and Tk 770 for a kg of mutton although the Dhaka South City Corporation had set the maximum price at Tk 450 for each kilogram of beef and Tk 720 for mutton.
He blamed lack of market monitoring for this haphazard situation.
Another retailer Zakir Hossain said that they prepared over 20 items of iftar including Boro Baper Polay Khay (a platter with assorted items), tehari, chicken roast, fried chicken, grilled chicken, fried quail birds, mutton roast, grilled mutton, chhola, piaju, beguni, egg chop, and haleem, Shahi Ruti (special bread), biryani, khichhuri and many others.
Not only Zakir and Nur, over 100 makeshift shops were set up at the traditional iftar market at Chawkbazar near Chawkbazar Shahi Mosque on the first day of Ramadan where thousands of gourmands rushed for buying iftar item soon after zuhr prayers.
Price of the most popular iftar item Boro Baper Polay Khay increased by Tk 200, now selling at Tk 1,000 per kg.
Shahi Halim sold at Tk 450 to Tk 480 per dish depending on variety and quality. Last year, it was around Tk 420 to
Tk 450 per dish, roughly 900 gram.
The price of broiler sweetmeat items remained unchanged as Shahi Jilapi was selling at Tk 200, Doi Bara Tk 200.
But fruits prices increased on an average by 15 to 25 per cent in each kilo gram.
Hundreds of iftar shops are set up all over the capital at each lane and by lane as Ramadan begins.
Buyers are, however, sceptical about quality of the foods sold on the footpath shops and demand that the government has strict monitoring to ensure food safety.
Dhaka south city mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon said that five mobile courts would monitor markets.
‘I will take actions against people found guilty of hiking price unreasonably,’ he warned.
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