The price of hilsa skyrocketed on the retail markets in the capital o ver the week ending Friday ahead of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year.
Hilsa price increased by Tk 200-Tk 300 a kilogram over the week.
Traders said a large quantity of hilsa came to the market on the eve of Pahela Baishakh but the demand for the fish was huge as people were taking preparation to celebrate the occasion which falls on April 14.
Maksuda Akter, a private service holder, said she bought two pieces of hilsh weighting around 750 grams each at Tk 2,200 at the Shantinagar kitchen market.
‘The price of hilsa almost doubled within a year as I bought hilsa of same quality and quantity at Tk 1,500 last year,’ she said.
The price of a hilsa weighing around 900 grams to1 kg increased by Tk 200 a kg and was selling at Tk 1,800-Tk 2,000 a kg on Friday.
A piece of hilsa weighing 1.2 kg to 1.5 kg was selling at Tk 2,300-Tk 2,500 on the day at the Hatirpool kitchen market.
A hilsa weighing around 600 grams to 800 grams was selling at Tk 900 to Tk 1,250 a piece at the Shantinagar kitchen market on Friday whereas it was sold at Tk 600 to Tk 750 a piece last week
The prices of the most of the vegetables remained unchanged on the kitchen markets in the city over the week.
Aubergine was retailing at Tk 40 a kg, cucumber at Tk 20 a kg, bitter gourd at Tk 40 a kg, okra at Tk 40 a kg, tomato at Tk 20 a kg, bean at Tk 30 a kg, cabbage at Tk 25 a kg, carrot at Tk 20 a kg and papaya at Tk 30 a kg on the day.
Green chilli price decreased by Tk 20 a kg and it was selling at Tk 60 a kg on the day.
The price of imported garlic remained unchanged and was selling at Tk 100 a kg while the local garlic was retailing at Tk 50 a kg on the day.
The price of onion remained unchanged and the commodity was selling at Tk 30 a kg while the imported onion was selling at Tk 28 a kg over the week.
The price of fine variety of red lentil called ‘kangaroo’ remained unchanged and was selling at Tk 130 a kg on Friday while the local variety of red lentil was selling at Tk 110 a kg.
Potato price decreased by Tk 3 a kg and it was selling at Tk 15 a kg on the day.
The price of egg increased by Tk 3 a hali (four pieces) and was retailing at Tk 35-Tk 36 a hali in the city’s retail markets.
The prices of fish, except hilsa, remained unchanged over the week.
Rohita was retailing at Tk 240-Tk 300 a kg, katla at Tk 220-Tk 300 a kg, pangas at Tk 140-Tk 250 a kg and tilapia at Tk 140-Tk 160 a kg depending on their size and quality.
Broiler price remained steady and was selling at Tk 150-Tk 160 a kg on the day.
The prices of beef and mutton remained unchanged and were selling at Tk 280-Tk 300 a kg and Tk 425-Tk 450 a kg respectively on Friday.
Both unpacked soya bean and super palm oil prices remained unchanged and were retailing at Tk 120 a kg and Tk 82 a kg respectively on the day.
The price of bottled soya bean oil (five litres), remained unchanged and was selling at Tk 655 to Tk 665 at the Karwan Bazar kitchen market.
The price of sugar remained steady and the commodity was selling at Tk 46-Tk 48 a kg on the day.
-With New Age input