The prices of vegetables shot up in the city’s kitchen markets on Friday, the first day of Ramadan, the fasting month for the Muslims.
Almost all the vegetables were being retailed between Tk 80 and Tk 100 a kilogram in the city markets on the day.
Traders said that the retail prices of vegetables increased as the wholesale prices went up due to excessive demand for the items in the city.
The prices of vegetables increased by Tk 40-50 a kg over the week.
Aubergine was being sold at Tk 80-100 a kg, papaya at Tk 50 a kg, bitter gourds at Tk 80-100 a kg, okra at Tk 80 a kg, palwal at Tk 80-100 a kg, cucumber at Tk 70-90 a kg, tomato at Tk 80-100 a kg and each piece of bottle gourd at Tk 60-70 on Friday.
Green chilli was being sold at Tk 60-80 a kg in the city markets.
The prices of most of the vegetables almost doubled in the city markets in last two days.
Meat traders on Friday continued selling beef and mutton at high prices, violating the prices set by the Dhaka South City Corporation.
The DSCC on May 14 set the maximum price of local beef at Tk 450 a kg and mutton at Tk 720 a kg for the month of Ramadan.
It also set the maximum price of meat of imported cows and bulls at Tk 420 a kg, buffalo at Tk 420 a kg and lamb at Tk 600 a kg.
Beef was selling at Tk 500 a kg in the city markets on Friday while mutton was selling at Tk 700-800 a kg.
Bangladesh Meat Traders’ Association secretary general Robiul Alam on Friday told New Age that they would mount pressure on the traders for selling beef and mutton at the prices set by the DSCC.
He also said that the traders were forced to sell beef at Tk 500a kg as the cattle market lessees were charging additional toll on cattle traders.
The prices of onion and garlic remained unchanged in the city markets over the week.
The local variety of onions was selling at Tk 45-50 a kg while the imported variety was retailing at Tk 35-40 a kg.
Garlic, imported from China, was retailing at Tk 110-120 a kg while the local variety was selling at Tk 60-80 a kg.
Garlic imported from India was selling at Tk 90-100 a kg on Friday.
Broiler chicken was selling at Tk 150-160 a kg while the locally bred hens at Tk 350-400 a kg on the day.
The prices of fish remained unchanged in the city markets over the week.
Rohita was selling 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.
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 eggs remained unchanged at Tk 28-30 a hali (four pieces) in the city markets over the week.
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 retailing 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 rice remained unchanged over the week.
A kilogram of coarse variety of rice was selling at Tk 40-44 on Friday.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 65-70 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 60-64 a kg in the city markets.
BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 45-48 a kg, while Miniket rice was selling at Tk 60-68 a kg in the city markets on Friday.
The coarse variety of Miniket rice was retailing at Tk 55-68 a kg on the day.
The prices of sugar remained unchanged and the refined and imported sugar was selling at Tk 60-65 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was selling at Tk 70-75 a kg in most of the Dhaka markets on Friday.
The prices of gram remained unchanged and it was selling at Tk 70-80 a kg over the week.
Puffed rice was retailing at Tk 70-120 a kg while flaked rice was selling at Tk 80-90 a kg on Friday.
Date was selling at Tk 180-300 a kg depending on its quality.
Fine-quality packaged salt was selling at Tk 38 a kg, while the refined variety of salt was retailing at Tk 28 a kg in the city markets.