With Ramadan barely more than two weeks away, the prices of chicken, vegetables, beef, mutton and fish have increased at the retail markets in the capital. The prices of vegetables have remained high due to lack of adequate supply against a rising demand.
Besides, fish prices especially the prices of hilsha fish remained high.
The prices of chicken also have shown an upward trend.
During a visit to the different kitchen markets in the capital including Karwan Bazar, this reporter found that the vegetables prices remained high throughout the last couple of weeks. Most of the vegetables were being sold for Tk 50–80 per kg.
Summer vegetables like pointed gourds, okra, bitter gourds and taro plant were being sold for Tk 70–90 a kg yesterday.
Winter vegetables have almost disappeared from the market. Only tomato was available for Tk 50-60 per kg, up from Tk 25–40 from last week.
Bitter gourd was being sold for Tk 70–85 a kg, sponge gourds Tk 60–80, and pointed gourds and snake gourds Tk 70–90. Eggplants were selling for Tk 50-60 a kg, bottle gourds Tk 40–50 apiece, ladies finger Tk 60-80 a kg, papaya Tk 35-45 and cucumber Tk 30–40.
Most of the vegetables and leafy greens showed a further hike in prices during the period.
Sweet pumpkins were Tk 50-60 per piece, while cauliflowers and cabbages were sold for Tk 50-60 and Tk 45-60 per piece, respectively.
Green chillies were being sold for Tk 60–80 a kg. Potatoes were sold at Tk 20–25 a kg.
“Vegetable prices are high due to lack of adequate supply. The rain has damaged crops and inflicted heavy financial losses on vegetable growers,” Rahman Ali, a vendor at the Kawran Bazar kitchen market, told The Independent.
But consumers said the traders raised the essentials commodities prices one month before Ramadan, so that they don"t face any criticism during the Ramadan.
They also blamed the government"s lax monitoring system, which has failed to keep prices under control.
Besides, the price of beef has gone up by Tk 30 per kg and that of mutton by Tk 50, against the prices last week. Beef was being sold for Tk 520–550, up from Tk 500–520 a week back. The price of mutton was Tk 800–850 a kg, which was Tk 750-800 last week.
Traders said the demand for beef and mutton has increased, but their supply has remained the same. This has triggered the price hike.
Layer chicken (small size) was being sold for Tk 210–220 per piece, broiler chicken Tk 160–165 per kg and Pakistani chicken Tk 260–350 per piece. The price of local chicken also went up to Tk 400–450.
A chicken trader, Sankar Das, said the price of chicken increases during this period every year. But this year the price has risen significantly higher because of inadequate supply.
Duck eggs were being sold for Tk 155–160 a dozen, while local chicken eggs were retailing at Tk 165–170 in the kitchen markets. These items had been sold for Tk 130–135 per dozen and Tk 135–140 a dozen, respectively, last week.
Local varieties of onion were sold at Tk 25–35 a kg in retail markets yesterday, and the imported variety Tk 25–30.
Garlic was being sold at Tk 90–100 a kg. Local ginger was sold for Tk 100–110 a kg, and the imported Chinese variety for Tk 75–90.
Besides, the price of fishes including hilsa went up significantly in the market.
Buyers said traders are deceiving buyers taking advantage of the rising demand. The government is not bothered about it.
However, the price of other fish remained high over the week. Rohu was being sold for Tk 350–600 per kg, tilapia Tk 150–180, pangas Tk 170–200, pabda Tk 600–700, wallago attu Tk 600–800 and catfish Tk 500–600.
Prices of different varieties of rice remained unchanged over the week.