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Prices of vegetables, essential commodities go up

Traders said that the prices of vegetables increased due to supply shortage as floods and heavy rainfall damaged farmlands in different districts across the country

Update : 29 Aug 2020, 08:25 PM

The prices of some essential cooking ingredients such as vegetables, ginger, cardamom, atta, and maida increased over the week in the capital's kitchen market.

Traders said that the prices of vegetables increased due to supply shortage as floods and heavy rainfall damaged farmlands in different districts across the country.

Visiting some kitchen markets including Malibagh, Rampura, Magbazar, and Karwanbazar, retailers said that the price of some vegetables increased by Tk5-25 per kilogram.

They said that prices of imported ginger rose as the import of the item dipped after Eid-ul-Azha.

Imported ginger sold at Tk180-210 per kg, which was Tk160-180 per kg earlier; the local variety retailed at Tk 140-160 a kg, increasing from Tk135-160 a kg on the day.

Vegetables such as aubergines sold for Tk70-80 a kg, which was Tk60-75 a kg last week, tomatoes for Tk110-120 a kg which was earlier Tk85-105 a kg, and bitter gourds for Tk70-85 a kg which was Tk60-85 a kg a week ago.

The price of green chillies, however, decreased slightly to Tk160-180 a kg from Tk190-235 a kg last week.

Both atta and maida prices increased by Tk2-3 per kg from last week, as unpacked atta sold at Tk28-30 a kg, packed ones at Tk33-38 a kg, unpacked maida at Tk35-42 a kg, and packed flour at Tk42-48 per kg.

Among spices, cardamom prices increased by Tk300 a kg, retailing at Tk2,700-3,500 a kg which was Tk2,700-3,200 per kg last week.

Cinnamon sold for Tk380-500 a kg while cumin prices remained  same as last week, retailing for Tk300-410 per kg.

Moinul Islam from Magbazar said: “I came to buy with a limited budget, but now it seems impossible as prices of most essential cooking ingredients have gone up."

The price of a fine variety of Masoor lentil sold for Tk120-130 a kg. The medium-quality variety costs Tk85-100 a kg, while the coarse variety costs Tk65-70 a kg. The price of Moong lentil sold for Tk120-130 a kg.

Local and imported onions remained the same and were retailing for Tk40-45 a kg and Tk30-35 a kg.

Soybean oil and palm oil prices decreased nominally, according to the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB).

The price of unpacked edible oil sold for Tk82-88 a litre, bottled edible oil for Tk100-110 a litre, and a five-litre container sold for Tk460-510 in the markets. Palm oil sold for Tk70-76 a litre.

But traders said edible oil prices rose by Tk2-5 per little in the local markets.

They also said the standard variety of Miniket rice was selling for Tk55-58 a kilo, while the finer variety was selling for Tk60-65 per kg. Najirshail rice was also selling at the same rate.

BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk50-54 a kg, while Paijam rice was selling for Tk48-54 per kg and Swarna rice sold for Tk42-46 a kg.

Abdul Halim, a retailer from Karwanbazar, said that prices of most vegetables and cooking ingredients went up due to supply shortage amid the floods.

“So we have to buy at high prices and sell at higher prices as well,”he said.

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