The prices of vegetables shot up on the kitchen markets in the capital city on Thursday, the second day of Ramadan, the fasting month for the Muslims, as a supply shortage of the items took place due to fresh restrictions on business, transport and public movement to contain the COVID-19 infection.
The prices of most of the vegetables increased by Tk 20-40 a kilogram in the last two days and the prices of aubergine and cucumber hit Tk 100 a kg in the city markets.
The two items along with some other items usually witness higher demand in the fasting month.
Traders said that the prices of almost all the vegetables went up in the city’s wholesale market as a very few number of vegetable-laden trucks entered the Dhaka city due to the restrictions.
‘The supply of vegetables almost halved at the Karwan Bazar kitchen market in the city in the last two days as regional traders and suppliers are buying vegetables in less quantities from different districts in the country in fear of losses amid the restrictions.’ Md Yousuf, a wholesaler, told New Age on Thursday.
He said that the prices of vegetables increased on both wholesale and the retail markets due to the supply shortage.
‘We cannot buy required quantities of vegetables from the wholesale market even after paying additional prices due to a supply shortage,’ said Mintu Sheikh, a retailer at the Mohammadpur kitchen market.
The price of all vegetables except papaya and tomato increased by Tk 10-30 a kilogram on Thursday in the city markets and most of the items were traded for Tk 70-80 a kg.
Aubergine sold for Tk 80-100 a kg, papaya for Tk 40-45 a kg, bitter gourd for Tk 60-70 a kg, bottle gourd for Tk 50-60 apiece, cucumber for Tk 80-100 a kg, string beans for Tk 70 a kg, okra for Tk 60-70 a kg, pointed gourd for Tk 60 a kg and tomato for Tk 30-40a kg.
Potato was selling for Tk 25 a kg while green chilli was selling for Tk 60 70 a kg on the day.
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