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Sky-high vegetable prices despite ample supply

  • Published at 08:59 pm November 13th, 2020
Vegetable kitchen market
File photo: Customers are seen buying vegetables at a Dhaka kitchen market Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

All winter vegetables are priced around Tk100 per kilogram

Winter vegetables have arrived in the kitchen markets in abundance. Despite having no scarcity in supply, the prices of these essential foods are selling beyond the reach of the general public.

Buyers are complaining that these vegetables are produced in the country and it looks like there was good production this year, but the price does not reflect that, report Bangla Tribune.

The price is at least three times higher than what it should be.

By comparing the prices with apples or oranges it can be seen that some vegetables cost even more than these expensive imported fruits.

Apples and oranges are sold in the market for Tk120 per kg. However, 1kg of beans cost Tk130. 

Not only beans, ripe tomatoes cost between Tk120 to 140 per kg. Turnips, string beans, and carrots are being sold at Tk100 per kg, aubergine and bitter gourd at Tk110 per kg. 

Akkas Ali, a vegetable seller in the capital's Moghbazar, is selling beans, turnips and new potatoes at Tk120 to 140 per kg.

Shahidul Islam, is a resident of the same area who works for a private company. He said he does not have the ability to buy vegetables at Tk100 per kg. 

As a result, he has given up buying vegetables. He says he relies more on broiler chicken as it costs lower than vegetables.

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Khairul Islam living in the same area also works for a private organization. He said it is becoming tough to maintain his family with his income. He said he often has to argue with his wife about buying vegetables. 

Segunbagicha Bazaar in the capital was found full of winter vegetables but the price is high. For this reason, buyers are not being able to buy the necessary vegetables. 

Not only winter vegetables, consumers are even struggling to buy onions and potatoes.

On Friday, after visiting the capital's Karwan Bazaar it was seen that the prices of vegetables have not come down since last week. Most vegetables cost around Tk100 per kg.

Market analysis has shown that it is not possible to buy one kilogram of any vegetable at the cost of half a kg of apples or oranges.

In other words, even if half a kg of apples and oranges is available at Tk60, a kg of ladies fingers is being sold at Tk70 to 90.

Pointed gourd (potol) and Teasle gourd (kakrol) are being sold at Tk60 to 70 per kg, and Ribbed gourd(jhinga) and bottle gourd are sold at Tk70 to 80. Kochur Loti is being sold at Tk70 per kg. One score of green banana is being sold for Tk50.

Even though the price of raw chilli has come down, still 250 grams of chillies are being sold at Tk40 to 50. 

Not only that, the prices of cauliflower and cabbage, one of the main vegetables of winter, are also being sold at Tk40 to 50 a piece.

Akhlaq Bepari, a vegetable trader in Karwan Bazar, said the price of vegetables has gone up a bit due to the floods and rains that have damaged the field vegetables two to three times. 

He said: “Farmers are putting higher prices on vegetables to make up for the past loss. As a result, consumers are having to pay higher prices.”

Rabiul Islam, a vegetable seller in Maniknagar area, said he had never sold vegetables at such a high price before.

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He said that their sales have also decreased due to higher prices. About the increased price he said that the price of vegetables is higher in the wholesale market that is why they have to keep a higher price as well.

Jamal Hossain sells different types of vegetables in this area. He said: “I am now selling spinach at Tk60 per kg which used to cost only Tk20 last year. Similarly, prices of red spinach, water spinach, radish are Tk30 to 40 higher per kilogram. 

“The vegetables that we sold for Tk10 last year cannot be sold for less than Tk25 this year.”

Meanwhile, the prices of coarse and fine rice and edible oil are also seeing a rise. Prices of lentils also rose slightly last week.

Flour prices have risen again this week. Besides, prices of coriander, bay leafs, cinnamon, and dried chillies have gone up. Old potatoes cost Tk40 to 50 per kg.

However, the price of imported onions has come down. 

Prices of broiler chickens and eggs have come down. Broiler chickens are being sold at Tk125 to 130 per kg like last week and eggs of farm chickens are being sold for Tk105 to 110 a dozen.

There are four types of onions in the market now. Chinese and Turkish onions cost the lowest at Tk40 per kg.

Pakistani onions cost Tk60 per kg. Domestic onion costs Tk80 to 85 per kg.

Chinese garlic cost about Tk100 to 120 per kg and domestic garlic Tk120 to 140. 

Ginger tops the list of reduced prices. A few days ago, ginger was Tk250 per kg, now it is only Tk80 per kg.

Small lentils are being sold at Tk110 to 115 per kg and coarse lentils at Tk70 to 75 per kg. 

Meanwhile, the price of fish is relatively low. Due to depletion of water in canals, beels and rivers, various types of local fish are being caught, which are coming to the market aplenty.

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