Prices of vegetables, soya bean oil and onion increased in the kitchen markets in the capital over the week due to fresh COVID restrictions and increased Ramadan demand.
The prices of vegetables shot up due to a supply shortage as movement restrictions imposed by the government to contain the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak interrupted the supply chain.
The prices of some vegetables, including aubergine and cucumber, almost doubled in a week in the city markets over increased Ramadan demand.
Although traders blamed supply shortage for the price hike of vegetables amid the movement restrictions, consumers claimed that the traders were taking advantage of the restrictions and increased demand over Ramadan to make excessive profits.
Vegetables traders said that the number of vegetable-laden trucks entering Dhaka had fallen in the last three days as regional traders from several districts were sending reduced quantities of products due to the COVID restrictions imposed.
The consumers, however, alleged that it was common practice among the traders to raise the prices of some of the commodities during Ramadan.
‘Traders have increased the prices of vegetables on their own due to lack of monitoring on the market by the government,’ Sabiha Yeasmin, a private service-holder, told New Age at Mohammadpur Krishi Bazar on Friday.
Another private service-holder Imran Hossain said that shortage of supply was not the reason for the price hike of vegetables.
He said that aubergine and cucumber were selling for Tk 110 and Tk 100 a kilogram respectively in some kitchen markets in the city and for Tk 80 and Tk 60 a kg in some other kitchen markets.
‘The different prices of the same products in two markets prove that supply shortage is not a fact,’ Imran said.
The prices of vegetables increased by Tk 10-40 a kilogram on the kitchen markets over the week.
Aubergine sold for Tk 70-110 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 60-100 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 30-45 a kg.
Potato was selling for Tk 20-25 a kg while green chilli was selling for Tk 70-80 a kg on Friday.
The price of packaged soya bean oil increased by Tk 2 a litre in the city markets over the 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 640-660 on Friday.
Unpackaged soya bean oil sold for Tk 120-125 a litre and palm oil sold for Tk 110-115 a litre.
The prices of rice also remained high in the city with the medium quality variety selling for Tk 52-58 a kg on Friday.
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 price of beef remained high and the item sold for Tk 570600 a kg while mutton sold for Tk 800-900 a kg in the capital.
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 price of broiler chicken remained unchanged over the week and the item was selling for Tk 150-160 a kg in the city on Friday.
The price of the Sonali variety remained unchanged over the week and the item was selling for Tk 260-280 a kg.
The price of the local variety of chicken increased by Tk 50 a kg over the week and the item was selling for Tk 500-550 a kg on the day.
The prices of onion increased by Tk 5 a kg over the week and the local variety sold for Tk 40-45 a kg. The imported variety sold for Tk 35-38 a kg over the week in the capital.
The prices of fish remained unchanged over the week.
Rohita sold for Tk 250-280 a kg and Katla for Tk 230-260 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 3032 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 Friday.
The fine variety of red lentil sold for Tk 115-120 a kg on the day.
The imported variety of garlic retailed at Tk 110-120 a kg while the local variety sold for Tk 100-110 a kg in the capital.
The imported variety of ginger sold for Tk 120-140 a kg and the local variety retailed at Tk 130-160 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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