The prices of chicken and edible oil increased further on the kitchen markets in the capital, Dhaka, ahead of Shab-e-Barat, a religious festival for the Muslims to be observed Monday night.
Traders said that wholesalers and distributors raised the prices of edible oil while the prices of chicken went up due to an increased demand for the item ahead of Shab-e-Barat.
The prices of chicken continued to increase for the last one month and the prices of Sonali variety reached Tk 360 a kilogram from Tk 230 a kg and the local breed to Tk 550 a kg from Tk 500 a kg.
The price of broiler chicken increased by Tk 10 a kilogram over the week and the item was selling for Tk 160-165 a kg in the city on Saturday.
The price of Sonali variety of chicken increased by Tk 30 a kg over the week and the item was selling for Tk 340-360 a kg.
The local variety of chicken also increased by Tk 50 a kg over the week and the item was selling for Tk 500-550 a kg on the day.
Abdul Gani, a trader at the Mophammadpur Nabadoy Housing Kitchen market, said that demand for chicken increased and at the same time the supply faced a shortage.
He said that the production of both broiler chicken and Sonali variety had decreased recently as a good number of farmers incurred losses in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The prices of soya bean oil increased by Tk 2 a litre in the past week.
A one-litre bottle of soya bean oil sold for Tk 135-140 while five litres of packaged soya bean oil sold for Tk 620-650 on Saturday.
Unpackaged soya bean oil sold for Tk 120-125 a litre and palm oil sold for Tk 110-115 a litre on the day.
The price of beef remained high and the item was selling for Tk 570-600 a kg while mutton sold for Tk 800-900 a kg in the capital.
The prices of rice also remained high in the city with the medium quality variety selling for Tk 52-58 a kg on Saturday.
The standard variety of Miniket rice sold for Tk 62-65 a kg and the fine variety sold for Tk 67-70 a kg.
Najirshail rice sold for Tk 70-72 a kg in the city.
The prices of sugar remained high over the week as well. Refined sugar retailed at Tk 68-70 a kg while the locally produced variety retailed at Tk 70 a kg.
The prices of onion remained unchanged over the week and the local variety sold for Tk 40-45 a kg while the imported variety sold for Tk 30-35 a kg over the week in the capital.
The prices of vegetables remained stable on the kitchen markets over the week.
Aubergine sold for Tk 30-40 a kg, papaya for Tk 30-40 a kg, bitter gourd for Tk 40-60 a kg, bottle gourd for Tk 40-60 apiece, beans for Tk 30-40 a kg, radish for Tk 10-20 a kg, cucumber for Tk 40-60 a kg, and tomato for Tk 20-25 a kg on Saturday.
Potato was selling for Tk 20 a kg while green chili was for Tk 50-60 a kg on the day.
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 price of eggs remained unchanged. The item was selling for Tk 30-32 a hali or four pieces.
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 on the markets on Saturday.
The fine variety of red lentil sold for Tk 115-120 a kg on the day.
The imported variety of garlic retailed at Tk 100-130 a kg while the local variety sold for Tk 70-80 a kg in the capital.
The imported variety of ginger sold for Tk 80-120 a kg and 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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