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Price hike of Eid essentials hits middle-class people

  • Published at 01:03 am September 11th, 2016
Price hike of Eid essentials hits middle-class people
Unlike vegetables, fish and meat prices, spice and salad items see a sharp rise in their prices. Among Eid commodities, one has to spend more on spices as their costs of buying have gone up in the last week of Eid. A middle-class small family consisting of five members will have to budget around Tk2,000 for only Eid essentials since prices of some specific items used in meat recipe are on the rise ahead of Eid. Ahmedur Reza, a banker by profession, shared his recent experience of kitchen market with the Dhaka Tribune yesterday. “I came to Karwan Bazar with a list of items including cumin, ginger, garlic, cardamom, onion, chilli powder, clove, cinnamon, saffron, soybean, etc. I saw a hike in prices mostly of cumin, ginger and cardamom, while that of other spices remained almost unchanged or slightly hike in some cases.” On his shopping list, other commodities included fine rice, sugar, tomato, green chilli, carrot, cucumber, capsicum, salt etc, of which prices of salad items mostly increased. The five-member family man, Reza, however, managed to complete his Eid shopping in the kitchen market with Tk2,000 to celebrate the ensuing festival. The price of cardamom mostly used in cooking meat to add flavour saw a sharp rise to Tk1,800 per kg last week from Tk1,400. Likewise, Cumin, another vital spice for meat recipe, witnessed a moderate price hike to Tk360 per kg from Tk340 last week. The cumin’s price was stable at Tk340 over the last months, but went up from the beginning of the current month ahead of Eid. The price of imported ginger was hiked to Tk120 a kg yesterday from Tk100 a week ago. Its price was ranging between Tk50 and Tk60 per kg at the beginning of August which started to go up from the second week of the month with a rise to Tk90. Last week it was selling at Tk120. Imported garlic, one vital spice for meat recipe, kept rising by Tk8 to Tk10 in almost every week from the last month. In the first week of August, it was hovering between Tk170 and Tk180 per kg on Saturday. Of the salad items, tomato was selling at Tk100 a kg yesterday from Tk80 in the last week while cucumber at Tk50 from Tk40. The prices of another important salad items, carrot and capsicum, remained stable at Tk40 and Tk200 per kg respectively ahead of Eid.
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