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Commodity prices remain high after surge

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:25, Oct 23,2020

 
 

A man buys vegetables at a shop at a kitchen market at Plassey in the capital on Friday. The prices of daily essential commodities, including vegetables, remained high on the kitchen markets in the capital, Dhaka, over the week ending on Friday. — New Age photo

The prices of daily essential commodities remained high on the kitchen markets in the capital, Dhaka, over the week ending on Friday.

Traders said that like in the previous week, most of the commodities sold at high prices in last week due to a supply shortage.

The price of broiler chicken increased in the city over the week but the prices of a very few of the vegetables decreased slightly after their recent surge.

Traders said that if rain continued, the prices of vegetables would increase further on the markets in the capital.

Onion and potato were selling at high prices as the government’s open market sales of the commodities at subsidised rates of Tk 30 a kilogram and Tk 25 a kg respectively could not have any impact on the market.

Retail traders said that although the government set the price of potato at Tk 35 a kg but the item was selling at high prices on the wholesale market.

Potato was retailing at Tk 45-50 a kg in the city over the week ending 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 80-90 a kg on Friday.

The prices of vegetables remained high over the week on the markets in the capital.

Aubergine sold for Tk 80-100 a kg, papaya for Tk 40-45 a kg, bitter gourd for Tk 80-90 a kg, okra for Tk 70-80 a kg, bottle gourd for Tk 60-80 apiece, Chinese okra for Tk 70 a kg, string beans for Tk 80-90 a kg, bean for Tk 100-120 a kg, radish for Tk 50 a kg, cucumber for Tk 70-80 a kg and tomato for Tk 100-120 a kg on Friday.

The price of green chilli remained high and the item sold for Tk 200-250 a kg on Friday.

Broiler chicken increased by Tk 10 a kg and the item was selling for Tk 130-135 a kg in the capital on Friday. Locally bred hens sold for Tk 450-500 a kg.

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 Friday.

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

Unpackaged soya bean oil sold for Tk 92-98 a litre while palm oil sold for Tk 85-90 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 70-75 a kg on Friday.

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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