Prices of onions, eggs on the rise

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:38pm on July 27, 2018

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A file photo shows a trader arranging onions at his shop at the New Market kitchen market in Dhaka. The prices of onions and eggs continued increasing in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday. — Focusbangla photo

The prices of onions and eggs continued increasing in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Retailers said wholesalers raised the prices of onions while the wholesalers claimed that the prices of the item increased as supply chain was interrupted due to heavy rainfall across the country and transport strike in India.
The prices of onions rose by Tk 10 a kilogram over the week. Its local variety was selling at Tk 55-60 a kg in the city markets on Friday, while the imported one was retailing at Tk 35-45 a kg.
The price of eggs increased by Tk 2 hali (four pieces) and the item was selling at Tk 32-36 a hali.
The prices of onions started rising in the city markets from the previous week as a supply shortage of imported item took place in the market due to a transport strike in India, said Narayan Chandra Saha, proprietor of Nabin Traders at Shambazar in the capital.
He said that a supply shortage of the local variety of onions also occurred as heavy monsoon rainfall interrupted transportation of the item in the country.
Narayan said that the prices of onions started decreasing in the city’s wholesale markets on Friday as the supply situation became normal.
The prices of vegetables remained unchanged over the week.
Aubergine was selling at Tk 50-70 a kg, papaya at Tk 30-40 a kg, bitter gourds at Tk 60-80 a kg, okra at Tk 50-60 a kg, palwal at Tk 40-60 a kg, cucumber at Tk 40-60 a kg, tomatoes at Tk 100 a kg and each piece of bottle gourd at Tk 50-60 on Friday.
The price of green chilli remained high over the week and the item was retailing at Tk 100-120 a kg.
The price of broiler chicken remained unchanged over the week and the item was selling at Tk 150-165 a kg. Locally bred hens were selling at Tk 300-350 a kg.
The prices of fish remained high over the week.
Rohita was selling at Tk 250-350 a kg, Katla at Tk 200-300 a kg, Pangas at Tk 120-170 a kg and Tilapia at Tk 120-180 a kg, depending on their size and quality.
The prices of beef and mutton remained high. Beef was selling at Tk 480-500 a kg and mutton at Tk 750-800 a kg in the city markets.
The prices of garlic remained unchanged over the week. Garlic imported from China was retailing at Tk 80-90 a kg, while its local variety was selling at Tk 60-70 a kg. Garlic imported from India was selling at Tk 70-80 a kg.
A one-litre container of soya bean oil was selling at Tk 105-107, while a five-litre container at Tk 515-540.
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 100-120 a kg on Friday.
Rice prices remained high over the week and a kilogram of coarse variety of rice was selling at Tk 44-46 a kg in the city markets.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 65-70 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 60-65 a kg.
BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 50-54 a kg, while Miniket rice was selling at Tk 62-68 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.
The prices of sugar remained unchanged and the refined and imported sugar was selling at Tk 55-60 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was selling at Tk 70-75 a kg in most of the Dhaka markets on Friday.
Fine-quality packaged salt was selling at Tk 38 a kg, while the refined variety of salt was retailing at Tk 25 a kg.