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Vegetable prices soar in capital

STAFF REPORTER, DHAKA
Vegetable prices soar in capital
A customer buys vegetable at Kaptan Bazaar in the capital yesterday. Focus bangla photo

The price of onion has increased by Tk 5 per kilo in the kitchen markets in the city as compared to last week. This is for the second consecutive week that the price of onion has seen a rise.

The price of green chilies has doubled along with most of the prices of vegetables and eggs.

As a result, consumers now have to pay Tk 40 for 250 g of green chilies instead of Tk 15.

Traders at the kitchen markets blamed the continuous rain for the increase in vegetable prices.

Yesterday, the local onion was selling at Tk 45 per kg while that of the imported variety was fetching Tk 35 in the kitchen markets. Two weeks ago, the respective prices were Tk 35-38 and Tk 25-30.

According to the state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), onion prices have seen a hike of 64 per cent (imported) and 33 per cent (local) in one week.

Meanwhile, ginger prices hit Tk 180-220 per kg last week from Tk 140-Tk 150 earlier. Imported garlic too became pricier by Tk 20, with garlic selling at Tk 150-170 per kg based on quality.

Local garlic prices have also increased to Tk 120-130 a kg from Tk 100-120 a week back. Data provided by the TCB showed a 20-36 per cent hike in garlic and 20 per cent in ginger prices in a single week.

The price of chilli further increased to Tk 180-200 a kg from Tk 130-160 seven days ago. The hike was due to continuous flooding in some major producing hubs and a temporary halt on imports, said traders.

The price of farm eggs, the key source of protein for the low-income segment of society, increased further. The cost of one haali (four pieces) of farm egg rose to Tk 40 yesterday. This is for the second consecutive week that the price of egg has remained high.

Retailers blamed the egg traders for the hike. On their part, the traders cited the recent hike in power tariff and rains as the reasons for the soaring prices.

As poultry farmers were unable to provide adequate quantities to meet the rising demand, egg prices have increased, they explained.

Traders said the production of broiler eggs has dropped due to summer heat. Besides, the production cost has also increased. The two factors resulted in a shortage compared to the demand.

Poultry sector insiders said a large number of layer chickens died during the hot spell in June coupled with the heat due to power cuts in many places.

A visit to the city’s kitchen markets, including Karwan Bazar, revealed that the supply of most vegetables, such as potato, cucumber; eggplant, snake gourd, and pointed gourd, was inadequate and the prices were high.

Traders warned that heavy rain and flood may further increase the prices of vegetables. The northern part of the country is already flooded and the production and supply of vegetables are inadequate, they added.

Cucumber was being sold at Tk 100 as against Tk 40 two weeks ago.

Most of the vegetables, including bitter gourd, pointed gourd and ridged gourd, were selling for Tk 50-60 more.

Meanwhile, the prices of fish remained high like in the previous week. Hilsa was still selling at Tk 1,000-1,750 a kg based on size.

Beef and mutton prices too remained high. Beef was selling at Tk 550–560 a kg and mutton was fetching Tk 750 as against Tk 520-550 last month.

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