Rice still dear

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:01am on January 06, 2018

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

The prices of rice remained high in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Traders said that although Bangladesh imported a huge amount of rice in recent months, the government failed to lower the prices of the staple due to the influence of a syndicate of importers, millers and traders on the market.
The coarse variety of rice was selling at Tk 46-48 a kilogram on Friday.
BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 52-60 a kg, while the fine variety of Miniket rice was selling at Tk 62-68 a kg on the day.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice was selling at Tk 75-80 a kg and its medium (standard) variety at Tk 55-60 a kg in the city’s markets on Friday.
On the other hand, the prices of onions declined over the week after an increase in the previous week.
The wholesale price of imported onions declined to Tk 45-55 a kg over the week and onions were retailing at Tk 60-70 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 110 a kg in the previous week.
In mid-December, the price of local variety of onions had jumped to Tk 140 a kg in the Dhaka’s kitchen markets as a rise in the price of the imported onions also pushed up the price of its local variety, traders said.
The prices of ginger also declined by Tk 10-20 a kg over the week and its local variety was retailing at Tk 80-90 a kg, while the imported variety was selling at Tk 100 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 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 and cucumber at Tk 50-60 a kg.
Cauliflowers and cabbages weighing around 700 grams to one 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, however, declined by Tk 30 a kg over the week and the item was selling at Tk 70-90 a kg on the day.
The price of tomatoes also declined and the vegetable was selling at Tk 60-80 a kg over the week.
Potatoes were selling at Tk 25 a kg and the newly harvested potatoes were selling at Tk 30-40 a kg on Friday.
Eggs were selling at Tk 30 a hali in the city markets over the week.
Broiler chicken price remained unchanged and the item was selling at Tk 120-140 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 220-350 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 700-800 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 local variety of red lentil was selling at Tk 120 a kg while the coarse variety of imported red lentil was retailing at Tk 70-80 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.