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Vegetable prices increase further

Most commodities sell for Tk 90-100 a kg

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:44, Oct 16,2020

 
 

A man buys vegetables from a vendor at the Segunbagicha kitchen market in the capital on Friday. — New Age photo

The prices of vegetables continued to surge on the city’s kitchen markets over the week and most items were retailing at Tk 90100 a kilogram on Friday.

The price of potato still remained high despite the government setting the maximum retail price of the item at Tk 30 a kg.

Traders said that the prices of vegetables continued to rise on the market due to a supply shortage as repeated floods had caused much damage to farmlands in many parts of the country.

They said that vegetable prices would come down once the winter vegetables arrive in market.

The traders also said that it would not be possible to sell potato at the rate set by the government as the wholesale price of the item was still Tk 40-42 a kg on Friday.

The price of potato still remained as high as Tk 50 a kg on the day despite the Department of Agricultural Marketing under the agriculture ministry setting the maximum retail price of the item at Tk 30 a kg on October 7 to check the soaring price.  

The prices of most vegetables increased by Tk 10-20 a kg over the week on the city markets. 

Aubergine sold for Tk 80-120 a kg, papaya for Tk 40-45 a kg, bitter gourd for Tk 80-100 a kg, okra for Tk 70-80 a kg, bottle gourd for Tk 80-100 apiece, Chinese okra for Tk 70 a kg, string beans for Tk 80-100 a kg, cucumber for Tk 100 a kg and tomato for Tk 120-140 a kg on Friday.

The price of green chilli remained high and the item sold for Tk 300-320 a kg on Friday. 

The prices of onion also remained high. The local variety sold for Tk 90-100 a kg while the imported variety sold for Tk 90 a kg on Friday.

The prices of garlic remained unchanged over the week. The imported variety retailed at Tk 90-100 a kg while the local variety sold for Tk 100-120 a kg in the capital on the day.

The imported variety of ginger sold for Tk 220-250 a kg and the local variety retailed at Tk 160-200 a kg on Friday.

Unpackaged soya bean oil sold for Tk 90-95 a litre while palm oil sold for Tk 85-86 a litre on Friday.

One litre of bottled soya bean oil sold for Tk 108-110 while five litres of packaged soya bean oil sold for Tk 490-540 on the day.

The prices of red lentil remained high. The fine variety sold for Tk 125 a kg, the medium-quality variety for Tk 90-95 a kg and the coarse variety for Tk 65-70 a kg on Friday.

Broiler chicken sold for Tk 115-120 a kg in the capital on Friday. Locally bred hens sold for Tk 450-500 a kg.

Beef sold for Tk 550-560 a kg while mutton sold for Tk 800-900 a kg in the capital on Friday.

The price of eggs remained high with four pieces selling for Tk 36-38 on Friday.

The prices of fish remained unchanged over the week.

Rohita sold for Tk 260-350 a kg and Katla for Tk 250-350 a kg, depending on size and quality.

Pangas sold for Tk 130-180 a kg and Tilapia sold for Tk 120-160 a kg.

Fine-quality packaged salt retailed at Tk 35 a kg while the refined variety retailed at Tk 25 a kg.

Refined sugar retailed at Tk 60-65 a kg while the locally produced variety retailed at Tk 70 a kg.

The prices of rice remained high on the city markets.

The BR-28 variety sold for Tk 54-55 a kg in the capital on Friday.

The standard variety of Miniket rice sold for Tk 56-58 a kg and the fine variety sold for Tk 60-65 a kg.

The fine variety of Najirshail rice retailed at Tk 60-65 a kg and the coarse variety sold for Tk 44-48 a kg on Friday.

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