Traders have already started to increase prices of onion and garlic in the capital’s kitchen markets ahead of Ramadan, the fasting month for the Muslims which will begin in the third week of this month.
Prices of onion increased by Tk 10-15 a kilogram while that of garlic by Tk 15-20 a kg over the week, with retailers blaming wholesalers for the hikes.
Prices of onion and garlic went up on the retail market in the city as the prices of the items increased on the wholesale market a day before Shab-e-Barat,’ Md Monir, a retailer at Mohammadpur Krishi Bazzar, told New Age on Friday.
Wholesalers, however, blamed price hike of local onions on storing of the item at farmers’ level and that of the imported items on price hike in India.
But they failed to provide any specific data on price hike of onion in India and sources at land ports said that the import price of onion remained unchanged in the last couple of weeks.
‘This is the full season of onion and garlic. Both the Bangladesh and India witnessed a bumper yield of onion this year and there is no reason why the price of the item should increase,’ said Md Assaduzzaman, a private service holder who came to Karwan Bazar to buy kitchen items.
Like previous years, traders were increasing the prices of the essential commodities ahead of Ramadan, he alleged.
The local variety of onions sold at Tk 45-50 a kg on Friday, while the imported variety was retailed at Tk 35-40 a kg.
Garlic, imported from China, was retailed at Tk 110-120 a kg while the local variety was selling at Tk 60-70 a kg.
Garlic imported from India was sold at Tk 90-100 a kg on Friday.
Prices of vegetables remained unchanged over the week.
Aubergine sold at Tk 40-60 a kg, papaya at Tk 40-50 a kg, bitter gourds at Tk 40, okra at Tk 40, beans at Tk 40-50, cucumber at Tk 30-50 and each piece of bottle gourd was priced at Tk 30-40 on Friday.
The prices of green chilli fell to Tk 40-70 a kg in the city markets.
Prices of broiler chicken remained unchanged and the item sold at Tk 145-155 a kg while the locally bred hens sold at Tk 350-400 a kg on the day.
The price of beef remained unchanged at Tk 470- 500 a kg while mutton sold at Tk 780-800 a kg in the city markets.
The local variety of red lentil sold at Tk 120 a kg, while the coarse variety of imported red lentil was retailed at Tk 70-80 a kg over the week.
The price of eggs remained unchanged at Tk 28-30 a hali (four pieces) in the city markets over the week.
The prices of fish remained unchanged in the city markets over the week.
Rohita sold at Tk 200-300 a kg, katla at Tk 200-280 a kg, pangas at Tk 120-170 a kg and tilapia at Tk 110-180 a kg, depending on their size and quality.
A one-litre container of soya bean oil sold 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 sold at Tk 98 a kg, while palm oil was sold at Tk 85 a kg.
The prices of ginger remained unchanged with its local variety selling at Tk 80-90 a kg and the imported variety at Tk 100-110 a kg.
The prices of sugar remained unchanged and the refined and imported sugar sold at Tk 60-65 a kg, while the locally produced sugar sold at Tk 70-75 a kg in most of the Dhaka markets on Friday.
Fine-quality packaged salt was sold at Tk 38 a kg, while the refined variety of salt retailed at Tk 28 a kg in the city markets.
The prices of rice decreased slightly over the week as the newly harvested rice started hitting market.
A kilogram of coarse variety rice sold at Tk 40-44 on Friday.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice retailed at Tk 65-70 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 60-64 a kg in the city markets.
BR-28 rice retailed at Tk 45-48 a kg, while Miniket rice sold at Tk 60-68 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
The coarse variety of Miniket rice retailed at Tk 55-68 a kg on the day.