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Shemai demand increases as Eid nears

  • Published at 09:51 pm June 2nd, 2019
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Vermicelli demand peaks with Eid-ul-Fitr just around the corner Dhaka Tribune

While visiting different markets, and super stores in the capital on Saturday, Dhaka Tribune found sellers very busy selling shemai, sugar, and related food items

Shemai (vermicelli), a delicious dessert for Bangalis is one of the important delicacies for Eid celebration. 

As Eid is nearing, people are busy buying shemai, and other food items. 

While visiting different markets, and super stores in the capital on Saturday, Dhaka Tribune found sellers very busy selling shemai, sugar, and related food items.

Shah Alam, a trader in Kawran Bazar, said, sales of shemai and sugar had increased ahead of Eid.

“But this year, the sales of dessert items are a little less than the previous time,” he added.  

In a super shop in Hatirpool,  several brands of shemai were kept in the front display for customers. 

Different brands of shemai, such as lachcha shemai of Bonoful, Pran, Well Food, Koolsan, Kishwan, Danish, and Prince brand were priced at Tk35 per packet (200grams), while 500g of special lachcha shemai was selling at Tk90-Tk120. 

200, 400, 500 and 800 grams of packaged shemai were being sold in Kawran Bazar. Apart from the packaged ones, unpackaged shemai  were also being sold. 

The unpackaged shemais were selling at Tk50-70 per kg. There are two types of unpackaged shemai; one white, the other coloured.

The white shemai is priced at Tk90-Tk120 per kg, and the colored ones at Tk150 per kg.  

Rahela Begum, a consumer, went to Kawran Bazar with a list of shopping items. Her list contained rice, oil, salt, shemai, and sugar. 

She said: “Only three days left before Eid. I am now buying all the necessary items for the Eid Day cooking.

Prices of branded shamai

According to Kawran Bazar wholesale shops, Bombay lachcha shemai (800grams) was priced at Tk200, Bonoful lachcha semai(800gram) at Tk175, white shemai was selling at Tk100 per kg,  coloured  shemai at Tk150 per kg, and Alauddin lachcha semai (500grams) at Tk150.

According to wholesale traders at Karwan Bazar, most shemai sales take place during Eid-ul-Fitr, which amounts to 90% of the total demand in the country throughout the year.

Three months before the Eid, the shemai production began in factories, and after 25th Ramadan it was selling in full swing. 

A number of vendors said, though there were many shemai factories outside the capital, and also a huge demand for it in the markets, but the prices were quite low.