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Dhaka's kitchen markets see price rise

  • Published at 10:31 pm March 23rd, 2019
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Prices of fresh vegetables, eggs, and broilers become costlier at the kitchen markets in the capital. The photo was taken on March 23, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu

Most vegetables and poultry prices have risen by an average of Tk10–Tk30

Prices at Dhaka's kitchen markets have increased since last week, which traders at Hatirpool and Rampura attribute to a supply shortage

Most vegetables and poultry prices have risen by an average of Tk10–Tk30.

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Hatirpool trader Tarek H Bhoumik, said: “Supply is very short compared to demand. Hence prices have been progressively increasing since last week.” 

At the Hatirpool kitchen market, gourds and bitter gourd were being sold at Tk90–Tk110 on Friday; while tomatoes were being sold at Tk40–50 per kg, local onions at Tk35 per kg, and imported Indian onions at Tk15–Tk20 per kg. 

Eggplant prices rose by almost Tk40 since last month to Tk60–Tk70 per kg. Bottle gourd prices went from Tk20–25 per piece to Tk40–Tk50, while papaya prices increased from Tk10–Tk15 to Tk25–Tk35 per kg. 

Cucumber prices last month were at Tk25 per kg, but now they are being sold at Tk40–Tk50 per kg. Pumpkin prices rose to Tk50 per piece from Tk35 per piece in February.

Additionally, the price of broiler chickens rose to Tk170 per kg, up by Tk30 since last week's price of Tk140 per kg.

Rampura retailer Mizan said prices will remain at these levels for the next two weeks, until the supply shortage is addressed. “Most vegetables got spoiled in the rain," he explained.

A customer at the Rampura kitchen market, housewife Rebecca Sultana, termed the sudden price hike as "absurd", adding: “If there was proper monitoring by the government, traders would not be able to increase prices like this. Our incomes have not gone up so how can we pay such high prices?”

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