The prices of onions almost doubled in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Vegetables and eggs also witnessed a price rise in the city markets over the week amid a supply shortage due to heavy monsoon rains in several parts of the country.
Consumers alleged that a quarter of businesses raised the prices of onions excessively ahead of Eid-ul-Azha to gain extra profits while traders said that the prices of the items increased due to a supply shortage of its local variety and a price hike of onions in India, the main source of Bangladesh’s onion imports.
The prices of onions increased by Tk 20-25 a kilogram in the week and its local variety was selling for Tk 50-55 a kg while the imported variety was selling for Tk 40-45 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
Narayan Chandra Saha, proprietor of Nabin Traders at Shyambazar in Old Dhaka, said that the wholesale prices of onions witnessed a sharp rise in last one week due to a supply shortage of the local variety of onions and at the same time a price hike of onions in India.
The prices of garlic remained high and the item imported from China was retailing at Tk 150-160 a kg while its local variety was selling for Tk 120 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets.
The prices of vegetables increased by Tk 10-15 a kg in the city markets over the week.
Aubergine was selling for Tk 50-70 a kg, papaya for Tk 30-35 a kg, bitter gourds for Tk 50-60 a kg, bottle gourds for Tk 50-60 apiece, cucumber for Tk 50-60 a kg and tomatoes for Tk 40-80 a kg on Friday.
Green chilli was selling for Tk 70-80 a kg on the day.
The price of eggs increased by Tk 2-4 a hali (four pieces) and the item was selling for Tk 38-40 a hali on Friday.
Potato price remained unchanged over the week and the item was selling for Tk 20-25 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets.
The prices of ginger remained high and its local variety was selling for Tk 150-180 a kg and the imported variety for Tk 180-200 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 60 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was selling for Tk 70 a kg in the city markets.
The price of broiler chicken remained unchanged 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.
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 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 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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