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Pricey winter vegetables beyond consumers' reach in Magura

  • Published at 12:43 am October 27th, 2019
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High prices of winter vegetables have been causing much inconvenience to common people in Magura Dhaka Tribune

Wholesalers blamed the high prices on incessant rains, which disrupted smooth supply across the district, while farmers alleged that they also did not receive a fair price for their produces

Despite adequate supply of winter vegetables in kitchen markets, its high prices have made it impossible for consumers in Magura to purchase them.

Wholesalers blamed the high prices on incessant rains, which disrupted smooth supply across the district, while farmers alleged that they also did not receive a fair price for their produces.

Visiting several retail and wholesale markets in the district, this correspondent found an abundance of beans, cauliflower, cabbage, radish, tomato, and other winter vegetables, but a lack of customers for those.

Retailers said they bought the vegetables at high prices from wholesalers.

Feroz Hossain, a retailer at Puran Bazar, said he purchased beans at Tk70-75 per kilogram from wholesalers, along with cauliflower, and cabbage for Tk40-45 apiece.

Shahadat Miah, a wholesaler, said the supply of winter vegetables are comparably low in number compared to previous years, due to untimely rainfall in the district.

Rahmat Sheikh, another retailer, said he purchased vegetables directly from farmers, who are selling them at high prices this year, which forced him to sell them to consumers at high prices.

Farmers like Niznanduali's Azhar Uddin, however, refuted such claims. "Despite the rains which damaged half of my bean yield across two bigha of land, I could not sell them for more than Tk40 per kg to wholesalers. But in the markets they are selling it for as high as Tk 80-90 per kg."

Rahim Sheikh, another farmer of Kachundi village, said he cultivated cauliflower on two bigha of land, which he sold for Tk20 per piece, but found the same supply selling for Tk50 per piece in local markets.

Abdur Rahim, a schoolteacher, lamented the high prices despite more-than-sufficient supply in markets.

Sohrab Hossain, agriculture officer at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office for Magura, said winter vegetables have been cultivated on 3,600 hectares of land this year, with a target of yielding 70,060 metric tons.

Although rainfall has disrupted vegetable cultivation till now, it will not pose a problem in meeting the DAE's given target, he added.