Vegetable prices remain high in Dhaka

The prices of vegetables increased on the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday as a 71-hour blockade called by the opposition alliance disrupted supply chain.
The prices of other commodities, however, remained unchanged on the retail market in the capital on Friday. Traders said that the prices of vegetables increased by Tk 10-Tk 15 a kg on the city’s kitchen markets due to a supply shortage.
Bean was retailing at Tk 60-80 a kilogram, cauliflower at Tk 40 a piece, cabbage at Tk 30 a piece, aubergine at Tk 60 a kg, okra at Tk 70 a kg, bitter gourd at Tk 60 a kg, cucumber at Tk 50 a kg and papaya at Tk 20 a kg on the day.
The price of green chilli remained unchanged and was selling at Tk 80 a kg.
Bangladesh Kanchamal Arrot Malik Samiti president Emran Master told New Age that the prices of vegetables increased a bit as transportation was suspended due to the countrywide blockade.
Though the transportation has resumed, the truck owners are till charging fare almost double which also put a negative impact on the prices, he said.
The price of onion decreased by Tk 5-Tk 10 a kg and it was selling at Tk 85-Tk 80 a kg on Friday while the imported onion was selling at Tk 60 a kg.
The newly harvested local onion was selling at Tk 55 a kg on the day.
The price of egg remained unchanged and it was selling at Tk 28 a hali (four pieces) on Friday.
The price of potato remained unchanged and it was retailing at Tk 20 a kg. Sugar was selling at Tk 48-Tk 50 a kg.
The price of local red lentil remained unchanged and the item was retailing at Tk 115 a kg on the day.
Ginger price remained steady. It was selling at Tk 160 a kg while the imported one was retailing at Tk 140 a kg.
The price of garlic remained unchanged and it was selling at Tk 90 a kg on Friday while the local one was retailing at Tk 80 a kg.
The price of broiler remained stable and it was selling at Tk 125-135 a kg on Friday.
The price of bottled soya bean oil (five litres) remained unchanged and it was selling at Tk 570-Tk 585 on the city’s kitchen markets. The unpacked soya bean oil was retailing at Tk 112-115 a kg.
Rohita was selling at Tk 250–Tk 300 a kg on Friday, pangas at Tk 180–Tk 250 a kg and tilapia at Tk 160–Tk 200 a kg, depending on their size and quality.
The prices of beef and mutton remained steady. Beef was selling at Tk 280 a kg and mutton at Tk 450 a kg on Friday.
The coarse variety of rice was retailing at Tk 35 a kg on Friday while fine varieties of BR-28, miniket and najirshail rice were retailing at Tk 42-Tk 45 a kg, Tk 48-Tk 50 a kg and Tk 52-Tk 56 a kg respectively.

-With New Age input

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