The prices of a number of essential commodities went up in the city markets on Sunday due to a supply shortage as transportation remained suspended across the country.
Traders said that the prices of vegetables increased in the city’s kitchen markets due to lack of transportation of the items as Election Commission imposed a ban on plying motorised transports across the country for 24 hours from Saturday midnight to facilitate casting of votes in the 11th parliamentary elections on Sunday.
They said fish became scarce at the kitchen markets in the capital, Dhaka and the supply of fish would not be normal before Tuesday.
Although the ban was imposed for Sunday, the number of transports decreased from Friday midnight on the highways and supply shortage of daily essentials took place in the city’s kitchen markets, they said.
The prices of vegetables increased by Tk 10-20 a kilogram in the city markets on Sunday.
Radish and beans were selling at Tk 30 a kg and Tk 40 a kg respectively on Sunday. Cauliflowers were retailing at Tk 35-40 apiece and cabbage at Tk 35 apiece on the day.
Aubergine was selling at Tk 50-80 a kg, bitter gourds at Tk 60-80 a kg, bottle gourd at Tk 40-60 apiece, okra at Tk 50 a kg, papaya at Tk 30-35 a kg, cucumber at Tk 40 a kg and tomatoes at Tk 80 a kg.
The price of green chilli increased by Tk 30 a kg and the item was selling at Tk 70-80 a kg on the day.
Newly harvested potatoes were selling at Tk 30-35 a kg.
Most of the fish markets in the city found closed on Sunday.
The prices of broiler chicken increased by Tk 10 a kg on Sunday and the item was selling at Tk 135-140 a kg.
The locally bred hens were selling at Tk 350-400 a kg on the day.
The prices of other commodities including onion, garlic, red lentil and rice remained unchanged in the city markets.
The imported onions were retailing at Tk 25-30 a kg while its local variety was selling at Tk 30-35 a kg in the city markets on Sunday.
Garlic imported from China was retailing at Tk 70-80 a kg while its local variety was selling at Tk 50-70 a kg. Garlic imported from India was selling at Tk 60-70 a kg.
The local variety of red lentil was selling at Tk 80-100 a kg, while the coarse variety of imported red lentil was retailing at Tk 60-70 a kg.
A kilogram of coarse variety of rice was selling at Tk 40-42 a kg in the city markets.
The fine variety of Najirshail rice was retailing at Tk 62-65 a kg and its standard variety at Tk 60-62 a kg.
BR-28 rice was retailing at Tk 45-50 a kg, while Miniket rice was selling at Tk 55-62 a kg.