The prices of soya bean oil, atta and garlic went up in the kitchen markets in the city over the week ending on Friday.
Traders said that refinery companies had increased the price of soya bean oil using the price hike of the item on the international market as an excuse.
They also said that large business groups which controlled the business of essential commodities in the country had raised the prices of packaged atta.
According to the traders, the price of garlic had gone up due to an offseasonal supply shortage.
The price of bottled soya bean oil increased by up to Tk 10 a litre over the week. A one-litre bottle of soya bean oil sold for Tk 140 while five litres of packaged soya bean oil sold for Tk 560-640 on Friday.
Unpackaged soya bean oil sold for Tk 110-120 a litre and palm oil sold for Tk 105-107 a litre on the day.
Bangladesh Paikary Vojjaya Tel Babosayee Samity president Md Golam Mowla said that the wholesale price of edible oil had begun to fall as the international price had gone down recently.
He said that the price of soya bean oil had fallen by Tk 400 a maund to Tk 4,000 a maund on the wholesale market in the last two days but it would take another 10 days for the price fall to take effect on the retail market.
Golam said that the wholesale traders were not responsible for the prices of bottled soya bean oil as only a few companies controlled the market of the item and the companies set the prices through consultation with the government.
The price of packaged atta increased by Tk 2 a kilogram and the item was selling for Tk 32-35 a kg on the city markets.
The prices of garlic increased by Tk 10 a kg over the week. The imported variety retailed at Tk 100-120 a kg while the local variety sold for Tk 100-130 a kg in the capital.
The prices of sugar remained high over the week. Refined sugar retailed at Tk 67-70 a kg while the locally produced variety retailed at Tk 70 a kg.
The prices of rice also remained high in the kitchen markets in the capital over the week.
The medium quality variety of rice sold for Tk 52-57 a kg on Friday.
The coarse variety of rice sold for Tk 48-50 a kg, the standard variety of Miniket rice sold for Tk 60-62 a kg and the fine variety sold for Tk 65-70 a kg.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice retailed at Tk 65-70 a kg.
The prices of vegetables remained stable in the kitchen markets over the week.
Aubergine sold for Tk 30-50 a kg, papaya for Tk 30-40 a kg, bitter gourd for Tk 40-50 a kg, okra for Tk 50-60 a kg, bottle gourd for Tk 40-50 apiece, beans for Tk 30-40 a kg, radish for Tk 10-20 a kg, cucumber for Tk 40-50 a kg, cauliflower for Tk 20 apiece, cabbage for Tk 20-25 apiece and tomato for Tk 30-40 a kg on Friday.
The rice of green chilli remained unchanged and the item sold for Tk 100-120 a kg on Friday. The prices of red lentil remained unchanged over the week.
The coarse variety sold for Tk 65-70 a kg while the medium quality variety sold for Tk 85-90 a kg in the markets on Friday.
The fine variety of red lentil sold for Tk 115-120 a kg on the day. The price of broiler chicken remained unchanged and the item was selling for Tk 125-135 a kg.
Locally bred hens were selling for Tk 400-500 a kg.
Beef sold for Tk 540-560 a kg while mutton sold for Tk 800-900 a kg in the capital.
The price of potato fell by Tk 5 a kg over the week. The item was selling for Tk 20-25 a kg on Friday.
The prices of onion decreased by Tk 5 a kg over the week. The local variety sold for Tk 30-30 a kg while the imported variety sold for Tk 25-30 a kg over the week in the markets in the capital.
The price of eggs remained unchanged and the item was selling for Tk 30-32 a hali or four pieces.
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 the size and quality.
Pangas sold for Tk 130-180 a kg and Tilapia sold for Tk 120-160 a kg.
The imported variety of ginger sold for Tk 80-100 a kg while the local variety retailed at Tk 100-120 a kg.
Fine-quality packaged salt retailed at Tk 35 a kg while the refined variety retailed at Tk 25 a kg.
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