Vegetable prices decrease amid adequate supply
Prices of rice and edible oil increased in Dhaka's kitchen markets in the past week, while prices of some vegetables decreased.
Traders from Rampura, Malibgh and Shukrabad in the city’s kitchen market said the prices of fine varieties of Miniket rice went up by Tk2-4 per kilogram due to lack of supply in the market.
Fine Miniket rice was retailing at Tk55-60 per kg, while its coarse variety retailed at Tk50-52 per kg.
Retail price of non-packed soybean oil also went up by Tk2 per litre as refiners increased the wholesale price of the edible oil.
Non-packed soybean oil retailed at Tk90-96 a litre on Saturday.
Rahmat Ullah, a retailer at Malibagh kitchen market, said a one-litre bottle of soybean oil retailed at Tk110 which was Tk100-105 previously.
A five-litre container retailed at Tk515-520, which was Tk500-510 earlier.
Vegetable prices slightly decrease
As the supply of vegetables increased during winter season, prices of most vegetables decreased by Tk5 to Tk10 per kg.
Cauliflowers retailed at Tk30 apiece, cabbage Tk35 apiece, radish Tk25 per kg, beans Tk40-50 a kg, tomato Tk50 a kg, green chilli Tk60-80 a kg, aubergine Tk60 a kg, cucumber Tk50 a kg, carrot Tk40 a kg, newly-harvested potato Tk30 a kg and lemon at Tk20 for four pieces.
Sukkor Ali, a retailer at Rampura kitchen market, said only the prices of bitter gourd sold at Tk60-70 per kg, a little higher than other vegetables.
The local variety of onion retailed at Tk110-120 a kg, while onion imported from China and Egypt sold for Tk60-70 a kg and ones from Pakistan at Tk100 per kg.
Prices of fish remained unchanged in the city markets.
Rohita sold for Tk250-350 a kg and Katla for Tk250-350 a kg depending on their size and quality. Pangas was selling for Tk140-180 a kg and Tilapia for Tk120-160 a kg.
Shamima Siddiki from Malibagh, said prices of most vegetables were reasonable now compared to the last few weeks.
"But I think the price of all food items should decrease more as many people like us are from middle and lower income groups," she added.