Dhaka South City Corporation on Monday set the maximum price of local beef at Tk 525 a kilogram and mutton at Tk 750 a kg for Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims.
In Ramadan last year, the price of local beef was set at Tk 450 and mutton at Tk 720.
DSCC authorities, meat traders and public representatives at a meeting made the decision in presence of DSCC mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon at Nagar Bhaban in the capital.
But consumers said that beef was selling for Tk 580-600 a kg and mutton for Tk 780-800 a kg at different kitchen markets in the city.
At the meeting, the maximum price of meat of imported cows was set at Tk 500 a kg, up from the last year’s Tk 420 a kg, buffalo at Tk 480 a kg up from Tk 420 a kg and lamb at Tk 650 kg up from Tk 600 kg.
Sayeed Khokon said the new price chart of meat would come into force at all kitchen markets and departmental stores under DSCC.
The prices of meat would remain effective from the first until the 26th Ramadan, he said.
Issuing a warning, the DSCC mayor said action would be taken against the traders found involved in violating the order regarding the red meat prices.
Replying to a question, Sayeed Khokon said that the DSCC decision on the meat prices was generally maintained in the Dhaka North City Corporation.
Bangladesh Meat Traders’ Association secretary general Robiul Alam along with other leaders of the association was present at the meeting.
Robiul said that beef could be sold Tk 400 a kg if the government could stop extortion at border and Gabtoli cattle market.
DSCC chief executive officer Mostafizur Rahman, chief health officer Brigadier General Md Sharif Ahmed, chief waste management officer Zahid Hossain, chief revenue officer Yusuf Ali Sarder were present, among others, at the meeting.
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