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Onion prices fall a bit, vegetables sell high

  • Published at 12:53 am November 3rd, 2019
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File photo of a seller packing onions Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Local onion sold at Tk140-150 a kg and onion imported from Myanmar at Tk130 last week, breaking all the previous records

Onion prices, which kept spiraling for the last couple of days, fell by Tk10-15 per kilogram on an average at kitchen markets yesterday, now selling at Tk115-140 per kg.

Visiting several markets in the city, including Rampura, Malibagh, Modhubagh, Shukrabad and Karwanbazar, Dhaka Tribune has found per kg local variety of the onion retailing at Tk130-140, while onion imported from Myanmar was selling at Tk115-120 a kg on Saturday.

Local onion sold at Tk140-150 a kg and onion imported from Myanmar at Tk130 last week, breaking all the previous records.

Traders said the prices would fall gradually with increased onion supply to the markets.

“The prices of onion started to rise after India, the biggest source of onion imports, had imposed a ban on onion exports in September. But recently it relaxed the ban for Bengaluru with some conditions, which is expected to ease the onion market,” said  Abbas Hawlader, a trader from Rampura.

Besides, a number of shipments of onion were coming to the markets from different countries including Egypt and Myanmar, he added, hinting further price reduction soon.

The local onion, which was selling at Tk130 per kg in retail market, was found selling at Tk125 per kg in wholesale market while per kg onion imported from Myanmar sold at Tk110 on Saturday.

During the visit, prices of vegetables including cauliflower, radish, papaya and cucumber were found high.

Md Ibrahim Khan, a retailer at Rampura Bazar, said the vegetable market was now going through a transition as the stock of summer items was nearly finished and the winter vegetables had just started arriving.

Winter vegetables cauliflowers and cabbage weighing around 1 kg retailed at Tk 25-30 a piece in the city’s kitchen markets.

Radish was selling at Tk40 a kg, beans at Tk80 a kg and spinach sold at Tk80-100 a kg. Papaya was found selling at Tk25-30 a kg, eggplant at Tk70-80 a kg and bitter gourds at Tk60-70 a kg.

The price of cucumber increased to Tk70 to Tk80 a kg from Tk40 last week. Coriander leaf (Dhone pata) was selling at Tk250 a kg, which earlier sold at Tk150 per kg.

The price of imported garlic was retailing at Tk140-160 a kg, while the local variety was selling at Tk160-180 a kg. The ginger was selling at Tk130-160 a kg.

On the other hand, the price of eggs has decreased to Tk100-105 from Tk110 a dozen. Broiler chicken was selling at Tk130 a kg, locally bred hens sold at Tk500 a kg.

A kg of Rohita fish sold at Tk300-350 a kg depending on size and Katla at Tk250-350 per kg in capital’s kitchen markets. A 850-900 gram Hilsa sold at Tk800.

Md Mamun, a consumer of Malibagh Bazar, said winter was coming, yet the prices of vegetables remained high.

“We are forced to buy at high prices. Nobody cares about us,” he said.

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