The price of hilsa shot up at the kitchen markets in capital Dhaka over the week ending Friday on the eve of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla new year.
Traders said that demand for the popular fish surged as people were making preparations to celebrate Pahela Baishakh which falls on April 14.
Hilsa price rose by Tk 200-500 a kilogram in the city markets over the week.
The price of hilsa weighing 1 kg to 1.2 kg increased by Tk 500 a kg and the fish was selling for Tk 2,000-3,000 apiece on Friday.
The price of hilsa weighing around 700 grams to 900 grams rose by Tk 200-300 apiece and the fish was selling for Tk 1,050-1,200 apiece. Hilsa weighing around 500 grams to 650 grams saw an increase in price by Tk 200 a kg and was selling for Tk 1,000-1,100 a kg on Friday. Hilsa weighing around 350 grams to 450 grams was selling for Tk 350-450 a piece on the day.
Beef price remained high and it was selling for Tk 520-550 a kg on Friday in the city markets. Mutton was selling for Tk 750-800 a kg.
Broiler chickens were selling for Tk 160-165 a kg in the city markets and locally bred hens were selling for Tk 380-450 a kg.
Vegetable prices remained unchanged over the week.
Radish and beans were selling for Tk 40 a kg and Tk 50 a kg respectively. Cauliflowers were retailing at Tk 40-45 apiece and cabbages for Tk 40 apiece on the day.
Aubergine was selling for Tk 40-60 a kg, bitter gourds for Tk 80-100 a kg, bottle gourds for Tk 40-60 apiece, okra for Tk 80-100 a kg, papaya for Tk 30 a kg, cucumber for Tk 40-60 a kg and tomatoes for Tk 30 a kg.
The price of green chilli remained unchanged and the item was selling for Tk 60-80 a kg on Friday.
The price of garlic imported from China was retailing at Tk 110-120 a kg while its local variety was selling for Tk 60-70 a kg.
Garlic imported from India was selling for Tk 80-90 a kg.
The prices of onions increased by Tk 5 a kg over the week.
The imported onions were retailing at Tk 20-25 a kg while its local variety was selling for Tk 25-30 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
A one-litre container of soya bean oil was selling for Tk 100-105 and a five-litre container for Tk 490-515.
Unpacked soya bean oil was selling for Tk 90-95 a kg, while palm oil was retailing at Tk 80 a kg.
The coarse variety of imported red lentil was selling for Tk 70-75 a kg while the fine variety was selling for Tk 100-110 a kg.
The price of potatoes remained stable and the item was selling for Tk 15 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets.
The price of eggs remained unchanged and the item was selling for Tk 32-34 a hali (four pieces) on Friday.
Fish prices remained unchanged over the week. Rohita was selling for Tk 250-350 a kg and Katla for Tk 200-350 a kg, depending on their size and quality on Friday. Pangas was selling for Tk 130-170 a kg and Tilapia for Tk 140-180 a kg.
Ginger prices remained unchanged and its local variety was selling for Tk 90-100 a kg and the imported variety for Tk 120-130 a kg.
The prices of rice remained unchanged over the week.
The coarse variety of rice was selling for Tk 38-40 a kg while BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 44-50 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
The fine variety of Miniket rice was selling for Tk 58-63 a kg while its coarse variety was retailing at Tk 52-55 a kg.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 60-65 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 56-58 a kg.
The prices of sugar remained unchanged. The refined and imported sugar was selling for Tk 50 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was selling for Tk 70-72 a kg in most of the Dhaka markets on Friday.
Fine-quality packaged salt was selling for Tk 38 a kg, while the refined variety of salt was retailing at Tk 25 a kg.
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