The prices of onions and vegetables increased in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Traders said that the prices of onions rose due to supply shortage as India imposed a ban on export of the item.
India is the main source of onion import by Bangladesh.
Traders said vegetables became costly as monsoon rains damaged farmlands in different parts of the country.
The prices of onions increased by Tk 30-35 a kilogram over the week. The local variety of onions was selling for Tk 95-100 a kg and the imported onions were selling for Tk 85-90 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
Onions prices had increased to Tk 120 a kg from Tk 80 a kg on September 30 in the city’s kitchen markets as India imposed the ban on export of the item on September 29.
Traders said that the prices of the item started decreasing slowly for last couple of days as huge quantity of onions imported from Myanmar, Egypt and Turkey began to hit the market.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under the commerce ministry of India on September 29 prohibited export of all varieties of onions until further order to increase availability of the commodity in the India’s market and contain its rising prices there.
The prices of most of the vegetables increased by Tk 10 a kg over the week.
Aubergine was selling for Tk 50-70 a kg, papaya for Tk 25-30 a kg, bitter gourds for Tk 60 a kg, okra for Tk 60 a kg, bottle gourds for Tk 50-60 a piece, cucumber for Tk 50-60 a kg and tomatoes for Tk 80-120 a kg on Friday.
The price of green chilli remained unchanged and the item was selling for Tk 60-80 a kg on the day.
The price of eggs remained high and the item was selling for Tk 38-42 a hali (four pieces) on Friday.
The price of broiler chicken, however, decreased by Tk 5 a kg over the week and the item was selling for Tk 135-140 a kg in the city markets on Friday. The locally bred hens were selling for Tk 500 a kg.
The prices of garlic also remained unchanged and the item imported from China was retailing at Tk 140-150 a kg while its local variety was selling for Tk 120-130 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets.
The local variety of ginger was selling for Tk 130-140 a kg and the imported variety for Tk 150-160 a kg on Friday.
The prices of fish remained unchanged in the city markets over the week.
Rohita was selling for Tk 250-380 a kg and Katla for Tk 250-350 a kg, depending on their size and quality.
Pangas was selling for Tk 130-190 a kg and Tilapia for Tk 120-180 a kg.
Beef was selling for Tk 550-570 a kg while mutton was selling for Tk 750-800 a kg on Friday in the city markets.
Potato price remained unchanged over the week and the item was selling for Tk 20 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets.
The retail prices of edible oil also 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 490-510 on Friday.
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 its fine variety was retailing at Tk 100-120 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.
The prices of sugar remain high and the refined sugar was selling for Tk 62-65 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was retailing at Tk 70 a kg in the city markets.
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 42-45 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
The fine variety of Miniket rice was selling for Tk 55-60 a kg while its coarse variety was retailing at Tk 52-54 a kg.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 58-62 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 56-58 a kg.
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