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Prices of essential goods remain high

  • Published at 02:38 pm August 16th, 2021
File photo of a kitchen market Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

According to vendors, although the prices of vegetables are relatively low, the prices of green chillies have gone up significantly

The price of necessary commodities, including rice, green chilli, onion, oil and vegetables, are on the rise.  

After visiting several kitchen markets around the capital including Hatirpool Kacha Bazar, New Market Kacha Bazar, Mohakhali Kacha Bazar, and Mugda Kacha Bazar on Monday, the correspondent found out the prices.

According to vendors, although the prices of vegetables are relatively low, the prices of green chillies have gone up significantly. 

Even after the import of chillies from India, the price stayed up.

Now per kilogram (kg) of green chilli is being sold at Tk150-180.

When asked, seller Mominul Bepari at Hatirpoor Kacha Bazar said: “Chilli season is over. Due to floods and rains, chilli fields are being destroyed. So, the supply of chilli is less than the demand. Due to this, the price has gone up.”

Meanwhile, potato was sold at Tk20-25 per kg, eggplant Tk30-40, cucumber, snake gourd (chichinga), sponge gourd (dhundal) are being sold at Tk30 per kg with an increase of Tk5 than last week. 

Onion has also seen a hike. It is now being sold at Tk50 per kg after lockdown.

Rickshaw Puller Shariful Islam said: “After the lockdown ended, we thought that the rice price will come down. But it kept soaring steadily. Government should take action against these open market syndicates.” 

Luffa (jhinga) and spiny gourd (kakrol) are being sold at Tk35-40 per kg. And bitter gourd (korola) is being sold at Tk45-50 per kg.

The price of oil is also rising. Per litre bottle of soybeans is being sold at Tk140-150 while each 5 litres bottle is being sold at Tk650-700.

Meanwhile, loose soybean oil is sold at Tk125-130 per litre and palm oil is being sold at Tk110-112 per litre.

Regarding the price hike, Zubayer Ahmed, a vendor said: “I sold onions at Tk35 per kg in the week following Eid. Since I need to buy them at a higher price now, I am also selling them at a higher price.”

“We retailers have nothing to do with price, wholesalers and middlemen push the price,” he added.

Meanwhile, in the fish-meat market, broiler chicken is being sold at Tk120 per kg, beef is being sold at Tk600 per kg, and mutton is being sold at Tk800 per kg. 

Among the fish, the price of pangas is around Tk120-130, tilapia is Tk130-200 and rui fish are being sold at Tk260-340 per kg.

In order to control the price of rice, the import duty on rice was reduced by 36.75%, but it did not have any effect on the market. 

For now, however, the upward trend in prices has been curtailed.

Miniket rice is being sold at Tk60-62 per kg, nazirshail Tk62-65, atash balam Tk50-54, paijam Tk50-55, guti swarna Tk50 and chinigura Tk90-95.

Rice seller Ranjan Sarker from Mohammadpur Town Hall Market said: "I am selling rice at the previous price. The price has not decreased. I have heard that the duty has been reduced.”

However, imported rice has not yet arrived in the market. If the imported rice comes to the market this week, the price may go down a bit. “If we can buy at a lower price, we will sell at a lower price,” he added.

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