The prices of onions increased again in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Traders said that there was still a supply shortage of the spice despite importing of onions from Myanmar, Turkey and Egypt following imposition of an export ban on the item by India.
The prices of onions increased by Tk 15 a kilogram over the week. The local variety of onions was selling for Tk 95-110 a kg and the imported onions were selling for Tk 90-95 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
Onion 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 in the previous week as a huge quantity of onions imported from Myanmar, Egypt and Turkey began to hit the market.
The item was selling for prices between Tk 70 and Tk 90 a kg in the previous week.
But the prices of onions started rising again in last week and reached up to Tk 110 a kg.
Commerce minister Tipu Munshi on October 14 claimed that the prices of onions would come down at the end of October.
He said that India might lift the ban on onion export at the end of October and then the prices of the item would come down.
The prices of vegetables remained high over the week.
Aubergine was selling for Tk 60-80 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 apiece, cucumber for Tk 50-60 a kg and tomatoes for Tk 80-120 a kg on Friday.
Green chilli was selling for Tk 100 a kg on the day.
The price of eggs remained high and the item was selling for Tk 38-40 a hali (four pieces) on Friday.
The price of broiler chicken remained unchanged 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.
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.
The prices of garlic also remained unchanged. Garlic 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.
Potato price increased by Tk 5 a kg over the week and the item was selling for Tk 20-30 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.
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.
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 65 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was retailing at Tk 70 a kg in the city markets.
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