• Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020
  • Last Update : 04:56 pm

Edible oil prices up

  • Published at 07:40 pm December 21st, 2019
Photo: Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Over the last one month, price of unpacked edible oil has increased Tk5-7 a litre

The prices of unpacked edible oil further increased in the capital's kitchen markets over the last week, with the traders, both retailers and wholesalers, blaming refiners for the price hike. 

Over the last one month, price of unpacked edible oil has increased Tk5-7 a litre. 

Traders claimed the prices of unpacked soya bean oil and palm oil increased on both the retail and wholesale markets, as the refiners raised their prices.

Visiting several kitchen markets in the city (including those at Rampura, Malibagh, Shukrabad, and Karwan Bazaar), unpacked soya bean oil was found selling at Tk87-90 a litre in the city markets, showing an increase by Tk2 a litre over the last week. 

Unpacked palm oil was selling at Tk75-78, registering a hike by Tk3-5 a litre over the last week. 

One and five-litre containers of soya bean oil were selling for Tk105-110 and Tk500-515 respectively.

Shamsul Alam, a wholesaler at Karwan Bazaar, said: “The refiners raised the prices of soya bean and palm oil twice in December with excuses of price hike in the international market.”

Vegetable prices decreasing

The prices of vegetables were found slightly decreased yesterday in the city’s kitchen markets.

Cauliflower was retailing at Tk30-35 apiece and cabbage at Tk35-40 apiece; radish and beans were selling at Tk30-40 and Tk50-60 respectively.

Aubergine was selling for Tk40-60 a kg, papaya Tk20-25 a kg, bitter gourds Tk60-80 a kg, cucumber Tk50-60 a kg and tomatoes for Tk80 a kg.

Among other vegetables, carrot was found selling at Tk50-60 a kg, green chilli Tk60-80 a kg, onion (with leaf) Tk60-80 a kg, potato produced in the current season Tk35 a kg, old potato Tk30 a kg, and lemon at Tk30 a hali. 

Mohammad Akber, a retailer at the Malibagh Kitchen Market, said: "Supply of vegetables in the markets has increased; still, most of the vegetables are selling at prices over Tk30 a kg."

Runa Begum, a consumer at Shukrabad Kitchen Market, said: “Although the supply of winter vegetables in the market seems to be abundant, not all the vegetables are selling below 30 a kg. I think prices should be reducing more.”

The prices of fish remain unchanged in the city’s kitchen markets over the week.

Rohita was selling for Tk250-350 a kg and Katla Tk250-350 a kg, depending on their size and quality. Pangas was found selling at Tk130-190 a kg and Tilapia Tk120-180 a kg.

Old local onions makes way for recently harvested onions  

The recently harvested onion hit the market over the week with prices of the produce still over Tk100 a kg.

The local variety of onion (Murikata) was retailing at Tk110-120 a kg, the wholesale price of the produce being Tk90-100 a kg.

Onion imported from Myanmar was found retailing at Tk120 a kg, its wholesale price being Tk110 a kg; onion imported from China was retailing at Tk60-70 a kg, its wholesale price being Tk50-55 a kg, onion from Egypt was retailing at Tk120-130 and wholesaling at Tk110-120, and Pakistani onion was retailing at Tk140 a kg, its wholesale price being Tk130-135 a kg.

Meanwhile, old local onion is out of stock, both in the retail and wholesale market.

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