Prices of rice, ginger increase

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:50pm on December 22, 2017

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A file photo shows a vendor weighing rice at a shop in Dhaka. The prices of rice and ginger increased in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday. — Focusbangla photo

The prices of rice and ginger increased in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Rice prices rose by Tk 1-2 a kilogram in the Dhaka city markets.
Traders said that the retail prices of rice increased due to a rise in the prices of the staple on the wholesale market.
Although the government imported a colossal amount of rice, they failed to bring down the prices due to the influence of a syndicate of importers, millers and traders on the market, said market experts.
The coarse varieties of rice were selling at Tk 46-48 a kg on Friday.
BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 53-60 a kg, while fine varieties of Miniket rice were selling at Tk 62-68 a kg on the day.
Fine variety of Najirshail was selling at Tk 75-80 a kg and its medium variety at Tk 55-60 a kg in the city’s commodity markets on Friday.
The prices of ginger also increased by Tk 5-10 a kg over the week and its local variety was retailing at Tk 105-120 a kg, while the imported variety was selling at Tk 160 a kg.
The prices of garlic remained unchanged and the local variety was selling at Tk 80 a kg while the garlic imported from China was retailing at Tk 90-100 a kg on Friday.
The prices of onions came down below Tk 100 after a surge.
The wholesale price of imported onions declined to Tk 40-45 a kg over the week and onions were retailing at Tk 50-60 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
The price of local variety of onions declined to Tk 70-90 a kg over the week after surging to Tk 140 a kg in the previous week.
The prices of vegetables remained stable in the city markets over the week.
Aubergine was selling at Tk 40-80 a kg, bitter gourds at Tk 50-60 a kg, bottle gourd at Tk 40-50 a piece, okra at Tk 60 a kg, papaya at Tk 25 a kg, cucumber at Tk 50-60 a kg and tomato at Tk 120-140 a kg.
Cauliflowers and cabbages weighing around 700 grams to 1 kg were retailing at Tk 30-35 a piece and Tk 30 a piece respectively on Friday.
Radish, beans and spinach were selling at Tk 20-30 a kg, Tk 50-60 a kg and Tk 70-80 a kg respectively on Friday.
The price of green chilli remained unchanged over the week and the item was selling at Tk 120 a kg on the day.
Potato was selling at Tk 25 a kg and newly harvested item was selling at Tk 30-40 a kg on the day.
Eggs were selling at Tk 24-30 a hali in the city markets over the week.
Broiler chicken price remained unchanged and the item was selling at Tk 120-130 a kg while locally-bred hens were selling at Tk 300-350 a kg on Friday.
The prices of fish remained unchanged over the week.
Rohita was selling at Tk 230-350 a kg, Katla at Tk 220-350 a kg, Pangas at Tk 120-260 a kg and Tilapia at Tk 120-160 a kg, depending on size and quality.
Beef was selling at Tk 480-520 a kg while mutton was selling at
Tk 750-800 a kg in the city markets.
Fine-quality packet salt was selling at Tk 40 a kg, while the refined one was retailing at Tk 28 a kg in the city markets.
A one-litre container of soya bean oil was selling at Tk 105-107, while a five-litre container at Tk 515-540 in the city’s kitchen markets on Friday.
Unpacked soya bean oil was selling at Tk 98 a kg, while palm oil was selling at Tk 85 a kg.
The prices of red lentil remained unchanged over the week. The local variety of red lentil was selling at Tk 130 a kg while the coarse variety of imported red lentil was retailing at Tk 80-90 a kg over the week.
The price of sugar remained unchanged and the item was selling at Tk 55-70 a kg in most of the city markets.