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Prices rise at Dhaka's kitchen markets

Traders attributed this price hike to various festivals and celebrations in previous weeks

Update : 10 Mar 2019, 10:31 PM

The price of a broiler chicken has gone up at Dhaka's kitchen markets by Tk20 per kilogram in one week—from Tk140 to Tk 160 per kilogram—due to a supply shortage.

Traders attributed this price hike to various festivals and celebrations in the previous weeks, and to a huge demand from restaurants and fast food chains in the capital.

Retailer Abdul Mannan at Hatirpool kitchen market said that demand for both fish and chicken are high due to the "picnic season".

Lokman Hossain, member of Karwan Bazar Association told Dhaka Tribune: “Broiler chickens are currently selling at Tk160 while layer poultry goes for Tk240 per kg."

Fish seller Zahir said Rui fish is selling at Tk250 per kg, Tilapia at Tk170 per kg, Pangas fish at Tk107, Catfish at Tk120–140, Tiger shrimp at Tk450–500, and Brown shrimps at Tk380.

Md Yeasin, another Hatirpool market trader, said that due to the early arrival of the rainy season, farmers are facing difficulties cultivating vegetables, which has raised their prices and also raised the demand for poultry and fish.

Currently, the price of tomatoes per kg is Tk40 at Hatirpool market, which was Tk 20 a week ago. However, the prices of cucumbers and carrots have remained unchanged at Tk50 and Tk25 respectively.

Vegetable seller Foyez said: “Farmers have not planted new seeds because of the rains, as they wash away with the soil. As a result, demand is high, but supply has declined, hiking prices.”

Egg seller Mithun Chakrabarty said 100 eggs cost Tk850, and a dozen is selling for Tk105, which was Tk 100 a week earlier.

“There is a huge demand for eggs, but supply is low as the hot weather causes eggs to rot fast," he added.

“One week ago fish prices were less by Tk30-40. The price of chicken meat has increased and the ban imposed on fishing resulted in the price hikes. After three months prices will decrease,” he added.

Shahrin Begum, a customer at Karwan Bazar kitchen market, said that prices of all products have been high since last week. "The price hike has created problems for middle class families. We have no extra income, so it is very difficult to buy poultry or fish,” she added.

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