Prices of spices went up in the city’s kitchen markets over the week on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, one of the biggest Muslim religious festivals, to be celebrated in third week of this month.
Traders said that the prices of some of spices including cumin and cardamom went up in the city’s retail markets due to price hike in the wholesale market.
The prices of cumin increased by Tk 20 a kg and the item was selling at Tk 380-480 a kilogram over the week.
The prices of cardamom increased by Tk 100-200 a kg over the week and the coarse variety of the item was selling at Tk 1,600-1,700 a kg while the fine variety was selling at Tk 2,200-Tk 2,300 a kg on Friday.
Cinnamon was being sold at Tk 350-380 a kg and cloves was retailing at Tk 1,200-1,500 a kg in the city markets.
The prices of onions remained high 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 35-40 a kg.
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.
Local variety of ginger was selling at Tk 80-90 a kg and the imported variety at Tk 100-120 a kg on Friday.
The prices of vegetables remained unchanged over the week.
Aubergine was selling at Tk 50-70 a kg, papaya at Tk 30 a kg, bitter gourds at Tk 60-70 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 decreased by Tk 10 a kg over the week and the item was selling at Tk 130-140 a kg. Locally bred hens were selling at Tk 300-350 a kg.
The price of eggs remained high and the item was selling at Tk 34-38 a hali (four pieces).
The prices of fish remained unchanged 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.
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.
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 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.