• Monday, Jun 27, 2022
  • Last Update : 04:24 pm

Edible oil prices go down by Tk4 per litre

  • Published at 04:52 pm June 30th, 2021
File photo of edible oil Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Last minute race to buy groceries prior to strict lockdown

Edible oil importers have reduced prices of the essential cooking ingredient by Tk4 per litre, after hiking it on several occasions, ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

The Bangladesh Vegetable Oil Refiners and Vanaspati Manufacturers Association made the announcement on Wednesday.

A litre of edible oil will not cost Tk149, instead of the previous rate of Tk153.

This is also the first time edible oil prices have come down after multiple hikes.

Also Read - Bottled edible oil becomes dearer as prices jump up another notch

As per the new decision, the retail price of loose soybean oil will be Tk125 per litre and loose palm at Tk108 per litre.

The price of a five-litre bottle has been set at Tk712.

Last minute race to buy groceries 

As a week-long strict lockdown goes into effect across the country from Thursday, consumers rushed to the capital's kitchen markets to stock up on essentials and food items on Wednesday.

Visiting some kitchen markets around the capital, the Dhaka Tribune found that prices were mostly high although there was no scarcity of stock.

Karwan Bazar, the kitchen markets in Hatirpool, the one near BUET, at New Market, and Mohammadpur Town Hall market all saw a sudden surge in buyers. 

Mitu Rahman, a stay at home mom at Hatirpool kitchen market said that the news of a strict lockdown has pushed up commodity prices.

Also read - Opposition urges government to control prices of essentials

Another consumer Mehedi Hasan Badhon said: “Kitchen markets are buzzing with price hikes. Buying extra groceries at a time when people have lost incomes is very difficult. The government should think of alternatives to the lockdown at this stage, considering the loss of livelihoods of the common people.”

SM Nazer Hossain, vice president of the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB), said: “Traders are always happiest when there is a festival or crisis in the country. They capitalize on the opportunity. Therefore, the government needs to act against dishonest traders. 

“However, in this case we have to be aware. Cargo vehicles will operate amid the lockdown. So, traders cannot increase the price of goods if they buy enough stocks,” he added.

He furthermore emphasized on coordination and monitoring of authorities concerned.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail