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Prices of vegetables increase with onion prices still high

  • Published at 10:08 pm November 23rd, 2019
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Prices of vegetables increased due to a supply shortage due to the countrywide transport strike over the last week Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

While visiting several wholesale and retail kitchen markets on Saturday, the prices of most of the vegetables have been found still high with price increases of some of the other vegetables by Tk5-10 per kg compared with the last week

Prices of a number of vegetables increased in the city’s kitchen markets over the last week, while prices of most of the other vegetables as well as onion prices have remained still high. 

While visiting several wholesale and retail kitchen markets in Malibagh, Rampura, Shukrabad and Karwanbazar on Saturday, the prices of most of the vegetables have been found still high with price increases of some of the other vegetables by Tk5-10 per kg compared with the last week.

The prices of vegetables increased due to a supply shortage, as covered vans and trucks in many districts remained off the highway over the last week in consequence of a road-transport strike, said Mohammad Jaglu, a wholesale trader at Karwanbazar.

Prices of vegetables still high

Cauliflowers and cabbages were selling at Tk50-60 apiece and Tk40-50 a piece, respectively, in the city’s retail kitchen markets in Malibagh, Rampura, Shukrabad, and Karwanbazar on the day, while radish, beans, and spinach were selling at Tk50, Tk60-80, and Tk80-100 per kg, respectively . Cucumber, Tomato, green chili, ladies finger, and Carrot were found selling at Tk120, Tk100-120, Tk80, Tk60 and Tk80, respectively. Potato produced in the current season and Aubergine were selling at Tk100 per kg and Tk70-80 per kg yesterday with the prices of garlic, imported from China,  remaining unchanged at Tk150-160 a kg.

New increases in vegetable prices

In the city’s retail kitchen markets in Malibagh, Rampura, Shukrabad, and Karwanbazar yesterday: Potato, papaya, and bitter gourds were selling at Tk25-30; Tk30; and Tk80, respectively, registering an increase of Tk5-10, 10Tk, and Tk20.  

The prices of packed atta have been found increased by Tk3-4 per kg, and were selling at Tk36-38 a kg on Saturday, while price of unpacked maida increased by Tk2 a kg, and was selling at Tk38-40 per kg. 

The prices of ginger also increased over the last week, and were found selling at Tk180-200 a kg.

The prices of broiler eggs remain unchanged at Tk100-105 a dozan in the city markets over the last week with the prices of fish remaining unchanged as well. Of the fishes, Ruhi, Katla, Tilapia, and Pangas were found selling at Tk250-380, Tk250-350, Tk120-180, and Tk150-190 per kg, depending on their size and quality.

Onion prices still high

While visiting several wholesale and retail kitchen markets in Malibagh, Rampura, Shukrabad, and Karwanbazar yesterday, local onions were not found in most of the retail shops. In wholesale markets, the produce was found selling at Tk200 per kg. 

Mohammad Jewel, a wholesale trader at Karwan Bazaar, said: due to transport strike, no consignment of onion came through. 

According to the onion traders, with the scanty supply of local onions most of the onion traders are now importing onion from different countries. Because of this, the prices of local onions still remain high. 

Onions imported from Egypt, China, Pakistan, and Myanmar were found selling at Tk130 (the wholesale prices being Tk110-115) Tk120 (wholesale prices being Tk110-105), Tk170 (wholesale price being Tk160), and Tk170-180 (wholesale prices being Tk160-175) in the city’s retail markets.

Shamsun Nahar, a buyer at a kitchen market in Malibagh in the city and a job holder, said, “During winter season, vegetable prices are supposed to be low; but in reality, day by day prices of vegetables increasing,” while adding that once increased, the prices are not going to come down. “Prices of vegetables should be monitored by the government,” she opined

Since India put its onion exports on hold on September 29, onion’s prices have been on the rise in the Bangladesh kitchen market. Last Saturday, local onions were selling as high as Tk250 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets, while onions imported from Myanmar were selling at Tk230-240, breaking all the previous records.