Prices of garlic, ginger increase

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:24, Feb 07,2020

 
 

A file photo shows garlic along with ginger, onion and red chilli at a kitchen market in Dhaka. The prices of garlic, ginger, red chilli and turmeric went up in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday. — Focusbangla photo

The prices of garlic, ginger, red chilli and turmeric went up in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.

Retailers said that the importers and wholesalers raised the prices of the commodities using the coronavirus outbreak in China as a pretext.

They said that some importers and wholesalers been increased the prices of garlic and ginger almost every day over the week.

The price of garlic increased by Tk 50-60 a kilogram and the garlic imported from China was retailing at Tk 200-220 a kg while its local variety was selling for Tk 180-200 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets on Friday.

The prices of ginger increased by Tk 20 a kg over the week and its imported variety was selling for Tk 180-200 a kg while the local variety was selling for Tk 150-160 a kg on Friday.

Nabin Chandra Saha, a wholesaler at Shaymbazar, said that some large-scale traders increased the prices of garlic and ginger, using coronavirus outbreak in China as a pretext but the rise was not justified as the supply of the commodities remained stable on the market.

‘The importers and wholesalers should not use the coronavirus outbreak as a pretext for raising the prices of garlic as the import business with China has not been announced halted by the government of Bangladesh due to the outbreak,’ Md Golam Mowla, general secretary of the Moulvi Bazar Traders Association, told New Age.

He said that the government should take steps against the people who were involved in the price manipulation of essential commodities as garlic and ginger available on the market were not imported with high prices.

The prices of red chilli increased by Tk 30-50 a kg over the week and the item was selling for Tk 280-400 a kg in the city markets.

The price of turmeric increased by Tk 20-30 a kg and the item was selling for Tk 160-260 a kg on Friday.

The prices of red lentil, soya bean oil and rice decreased slightly in the city markets over the week.

The prices of red lentil decreased by Tk 5 a kg and the coarse variety of red lentil imported from Canada and Australia was selling for Tk 60-70 a kg while the medium quality was selling for Tk 80-85 a kg on Friday.

The fine variety of red lentil imported from Nepal was retailing at Tk 110-125 a kg on Friday.

The price of unpacked soya bean oil decreased by Tk 2 a litre and was selling for Tk 90-93 a litre on the day.

The price of bottled soya bean oil remained high and a one-litre container was selling for Tk 105-115 while five-litre container was selling for Tk 500-520 in the city markets.

The price of palm oil remained unchanged and was selling for Tk 84-86 a litre on the markets on

Friday.

The prices of rice decreased by Tk 2 a kg over the week and the fine variety of Miniket rice was selling for Tk 56-60 a kg while its coarse variety was retailing at Tk 50-52 a kg.

BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 44-48 a kg while the coarse variety of rice (Sawrna) was selling for Tk 33-38 a kg in the city markets on Friday.

The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 58-65 a kg and its standard variety at

Tk 55-56 a kg.

The prices of onions remained high over the week and the local variety of onions was selling for Tk 130-140 a kg while the imported variety was selling for Tk 80-140 a kg in the city markets on Friday.

The prices of vegetables remained unchanged over the week.

Cauliflowers were retailing at Tk 35 apiece and cabbage at Tk 30 apiece in the city’s kitchen markets on Friday.

Radish was selling for Tk 20-30 a kg and beans for Tk 40-50 a kg on the day.

Aubergine was selling for Tk 40-60 a kg, papaya for Tk 30 a kg, bitter gourds for Tk 70-80 a kg, okra for Tk 60 a kg, bottle gourds for Tk 80-100 apiece, cucumber for Tk 40-50 a kg, carrot for Tk 40 a kg and tomatoes for Tk 30-40 a kg on Friday.

Green chilli was selling for Tk 60-80 a kg on

the day.

The prices of sugar remained high and the refined sugar was selling for Tk 65-67 a kg, while the locally produced sugar was retailing at Tk 70 a kg in the city markets.

The price of broiler chicken remained unchanged over the week and the item was selling for Tk 115-125 a kg in the city markets on Friday. The locally bred hens were selling for Tk 500 a kg.

Beef was selling for Tk 550-570 a kg while mutton was selling for Tk 750-800 a kg on Friday in the city markets.

The prices of fish remained unchanged in the city markets over the week.

Rohita was selling for Tk 250-350 a kg and Katla for Tk 250-350 a kg, depending on their size and quality. Pangas was selling for Tk 130-180 a kg and Tilapia for Tk 120-160 a kg.

Potatoes were selling for Tk 25-30 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets.

The price of eggs remained unchanged and the item was selling for Tk 34-36 a hali (four pieces) on Friday.

Fine-quality packaged salt was selling for Tk 35 a kg, while the refined variety of salt was retailing at Tk 25 a kg. 

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