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Transport strike leads to price hike in Dhaka’s kitchen markets

  • Published at 11:04 pm October 29th, 2018
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Fresh vegetables at the city’s kitchen market saw their prices spike, as a two- day transport strike hampered supplies Mehedi Hasan

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, traders informed that they had raised the prices of calabash and cabbage by Tk10 to Tk20 per piece, andspinach per kg by similar amounts

The 48-hour transport strike being observed since Saturday has raised the prices of vegetablesin the kitchen markets of Dhaka, making both traders and customers anxious.

All kitchen markets in the city, including those in Jatrabari, Karwan Bazar, Haatirpool, Sukrabad, and Mohammadpur, are charging significantly higher prices for vegetables. 

Vegetable traders claimed that the prices would rise further in the following days if vegetable carrying trucks cannot enter the capital. 

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, traders informed that they had raised the prices of calabash and cabbage by Tk10 to Tk20 per piece, andspinach per kg by similar amounts. 

“The prices can be further increased if the ongoing strike prevents us from receiving sufficient supply of the vegetable tomorrow,” they added.

Gias Uddin Ahmed, a vegetable traderat Jatrabari, said that they were selling vegetables at excesses of Tk2 to Tk10 due to the vegetable shortage, adding that the transport strike and high prices were also preventing customers from coming to the market.

“We are selling potatoes today at Tk30, green chili at Tk120, and tomatoes at Tk80 per kg,” said Gias. Eggplants were priced at Tk40-Tk50, beans at Tk80 to Tk100, okra at Tk50, cucumbers Tk40, and bitter gourds at Tk50 per kg at the Jatrabari kitchen market.

Karwan Bazar traders said that although at least 30 trucks come tothe market every day,due to the strike, only five hadarrivedon Monday, forcing them to sell vegetables from the previous day’s stock.

“I sold per kilogram onions at Tk35, ginger at Tk120, local garlic at Tk50, imported garlic at Tk60, green chili at Tk100, beans at Tk80, and each kg of calabash at between Tk45 and Tk50 today,” said Nur Hossain, a vegetable trader at Karwan Bazar, adding that this strike is hampering their business.

Ali Ahsan, a customer at the Kalabagan kitchen market said spinach prices had increased a lot, explaining that he had bought a kg of red spinach for Tk40 two days ago, but on Monday, he bought the same amount for Tk60.

“Such unexpected strikes should be stopped for the sake of the general public,” opined Ali, adding that

since the goods are bought from different districts of the country, not allowing vehicles to transport the vegetables are making people’s lives very difficult.