Vendors of kitchen markets blamed supply shortfall due to rain for the past weeks for the price hike
Daily commodities at kitchen markets in the capital are high, with the traders citing decreased supply due to rain and increased demand as reasons.
For the last two weeks, the prices of vegetables and chicken at Hatirpool kitchen market have risen by an average of Tk10–Tk30.
At the market, gourds and bitter gourd were being sold at Tk80–Tk100 per kg yesterday; while tomatoes were being sold at Tk30–Tk50 per kg.
The price of local garlic went up by Tk20-Tk30 and was selling at Tk75-Tk80 per kg, which was Tk60 last week. Similarly the price of imported Indian onions also increased, selling at Tk30 per kg, which was Tk25.
The summer vegetables are available in the market at higher prices. The price of per kg pointed guard sold Tk80, per kg ribbed gourd at tk 100 and per kg yard-long bean at Tk70.
The price of eggplant also rose to Tk35–Tk50 per kg compared to the previous weeks. Last month, per kg cucumber sold at Tk25-Tk30, but now it is selling at Tk40–Tk50. The prices of papaya doubled to Tk20–Tk40 per kg.
Besides, prices of beef and chickens rose by Tk30-40. Per kg broiler sold at Tk175, which was Tk150-Tk160 last week. Before the price went up, per kg local chicken was Tk350-Tk420, which is now selling at Tk520- Tk550.
Though the price of mutton remained unchanged at Tk800, the price of beef increased from Tk480-Tk500 to Tk550.
The price of bottled cooking oil also increased. A 5-litre jar of edible oil is selling at Tk515, which was Tk480-Tk500. But the prices of rice, lentil and others necessaries remained stable.
Farhana Begum, a housewife, bought a kg of pointed guard at Tk80 from a roadside vendor at Hatirpool Kitchen market.
“At the beginning of summer, vegetables are available but the prices are very high. High prices discouraged me from buying more,” she said.
“Last week, I bought per kg tomatoes at Tk 30 but now I paid Tk50 for it. I wanted to buy more vegetables, which I didn’t because of high prices”, she added.
Md Mizanur Rahman, a private job holder, bought one kg cat fish at Tk700. While asked about the price hike, he said last month I bought the same fish at Tk 450-Tk500 per kg.
“It is illogical to hike prices within such a short time despite adequate supply, and it has affected our daily lives”, he added.
Vendors of kitchen markets, however, blamed supply shortfall due to rain for the past weeks for the price hike.
Kashem Ahmed, vegetable retailer at the market said, prices of some vegetables increased mainly due to supply shortage.
“We are buying vegetables at high prices, so we are selling them at high prices”, he claimed.
Broilers and local chicken seller Mobarok Hossain said due to the increasing number of different social programs and picnics in the city the demand for chicken increased.
“Due to supply shortfall against high demand, we have to sell our goods at high prices”, he explained.
According to Trading Corporation Bangladesh price chart, the average prices at Dhaka’s kitchen markets increased between 10% and 20% over the last one month.