The prices of sugar, onions, potatoes, ginger and gram went up in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday ahead of Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims.
Traders continued increasing the prices of essential commodities in last few weeks on both wholesale and retail markets despite the government’s calls to the businesspeople for not increasing the prices of commodities ahead of Ramadan which will begin in the first half of May.
Retailers blamed wholesalers for the increase in the prices of essentials.
The prices of sugar increased by Tk 5 a kilogram and the refined and imported sugar was selling for Tk 55-60 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was selling for Tk 70 a kg in most of the Dhaka city markets on Friday.
The prices of sugar increased by Tk 8-10 a kg in last two weeks.
A wholesaler said that the prices of sugar increased a bit due to congestion of trucks at the mill gates.
‘Demand for the product increased a lot ahead of Ramadan and refiners faced trouble in delivering the orders at a time. We have been forced to keep our truck in waiting for 7-8 days and the cost is being added to the prices of product,’ he said.
The prices of onions increased by Tk 5 a kg over the week.
The local variety of onions was selling for Tk 30-35 a kg while the imported onions were retailing at Tk 28-20 a kg on Friday.
The prices of the item increased by Tk 8 a kg in last two weeks.
The price of potatoes increased by Tk 5 a kg and the item was selling for Tk 20 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets.
Ginger prices increased by Tk 10 a kg and its local variety was selling for Tk 100-120 a kg and the imported variety for Tk 120-140 a kg.
The price of gram increased by Tk 5 a kg and the item was selling for Tk 80-90 a kg over the week.
The prices of garlic remained high in the city markets over the week ending Friday.
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.
Vegetable prices remained high and most of the vegetables were selling at the prices ranging from Tk 60 a kg to Tk 80 a kg.
Aubergine was selling for Tk 40-60 a kg, bitter gourds for Tk 80 a kg, bottle gourds for Tk 60-80 apiece, okra for Tk 60 a kg, papaya for Tk 50 a kg, cucumber for Tk 40-60 a kg and tomatoes for Tk 40 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 broiler chicken decreased by Tk 10 a kg and the item was selling for Tk 150-155 a kg in the city markets and locally bred hens were selling for Tk 380-450 a kg.
Beef price remained high and it was selling for Tk 530-550 a kg on Friday in the city markets. Mutton was selling for Tk 750-800 a kg.
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 eggs remained unchanged and the item was selling for Tk 32-34 a hali (four pieces) on Friday.
The prices of fish 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.
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.
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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