The prices of ginger and garlic continued to increase in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Traders said that the prices of garlic and ginger went up in the city markets due to a supply shortage of local varieties of the items.
The prices of garlic increased by Tk 20-30 a kilogram over the week. Garlic imported from China was retailing at Tk 150-160 a kg while its local variety was selling for Tk 90-100 a kg. Garlic imported from India was selling for Tk 100-120 a kg.
The prices of ginger increased by Tk 10-20 a kg and its local variety was selling for Tk 130-150 a kg and the imported variety for Tk 160-180 a kg.
The prices of onions remained unchanged. The imported onions were retailing at Tk 30-35 a kg while the local ones were selling for Tk 30 a kg on Friday.
The retail prices of edible oil remained unchanged over the week.
A one-litre container of soya bean oil was selling for Tk 100-102 and a five-litre container for Tk 490-500 on Friday.
Unpacked soya bean oil was selling for Tk 90-95 a kg, while palm oil was retailing at Tk 80 a kg.
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 the city markets.
Although the retail prices of soya bean oil and sugar remained unchanged, traders alleged that refiners squeezed the supply of the items for last few days as the government imposed duty on import of the items in the proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
Traders said that the wholesale prices of soya bean oil and sugar increased by Tk 2-3 a kg after the announcement of the national budget.
Prices of vegetables remained stable in the city markets over the week.
Aubergine was selling for Tk 40-50 a kg, papaya for Tk 30-40 a kg, bitter gourds for Tk 60 a kg, bottle gourds for Tk 50-60 apiece, cucumber for Tk 50-80 a kg and tomatoes for Tk 40-60 a kg on Friday.
Green chilli was selling for Tk 60-80 a kg on the day.
The price of broiler chicken decreased by Tk 10 a kg and the item was selling for Tk 130-135 a kg in the city markets and locally bred hens were selling for Tk 500 a kg.
The prices of fish remained high in the city markets over the week.
Rohita was selling for Tk 300-450 a kg and Katla for Tk 300-400 a kg, depending on their size and quality.
Pangas was selling for Tk 160-210 a kg and Tilapia for Tk 160-200 a kg.
Beef was selling for Tk 550-570 a kg in the city markets while mutton was selling for Tk 750-800 a kg on Friday.
Potatoes were selling for Tk 18-20 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets.
The coarse variety of imported red lentil was selling for Tk 70-75 a kg while its fine variety was selling for Tk 100-110 a kg.
The price of eggs remained unchanged and the item was selling for Tk 30-32 a hali (four pieces) 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.
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.
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