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Prices of rice, vegetables continue to rise

Crates of eggs were seen in Kawran Bazar in the capital Dhaka on Friday. The prices of rice, eggs and vegetables have continued to rise in the kitchen markets in the city of Dhaka over the past two weeks. – Photo by Focusbangla

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The prices of rice, eggs and vegetables have continued to rise in the kitchen markets in the city of Dhaka over the past two weeks.

Retailers blamed wholesalers for rising commodity prices on the market.

They said rice mill owners and wholesalers have raised the prices of fine rice varieties in the past two weeks after India imposed tariffs on exports of unboiled rice.

Retailers said egg and vegetable prices have risen abnormally further on the wholesale market over the past week.

Rice prices increased by Tk 2–3 per kilogram on city markets and the coarse rice variety was sold at Tk 50–52 per kilogram in the capital on Friday.

The medium quality rice variety was sold at 56–60 Tk per kilogram while the BR-28 variety, also known as the lower quality Miniket, was retailed at 62–65 Tk per kilogram.

The fine Miniket variety was sold for Tk 74–78 per kilogram and Najirshail for Tk 85–90 per kilogram on the day.

Egg prices increased by Tk 2 a hali (four pieces) over the course of the week and the item sold for Tk 48–50 a hali in the city markets on Friday. The prices of most vegetables increased by 10 Tk per kilogram in the city during the week.

Eggplants sold for Tk 70–80 per kilogram, papaya for Tk 30–35 per kilogram, bitter gourd for Tk 80 per kilogram, bottled gourd for Tk 60–70 each, cucumber for Tk 50–60 per kilogram, pointed gourd for Tk 50–60 per kilogram, potatoes for Tk 30–35 per kilogram, carrots for Tk 120–130 per kilogram and tomatoes for Tk 120–140 per kilogram on Friday.

The green chillies were sold for 50-60 Tk per kilogram in the city on Friday.

Prices of the ACT also remained high during the week and the unpackaged act was sold for 48–53 Tk per kilogram while the packaged act was sold for 55–60 Tk per kilogram in the city on Friday.

Refined sugar was sold at Tk 92–95 per kilogram and locally produced sugar at Tk 85–90 per kilogram.

The price of broiler chicken remained unchanged and the item sold for 170-180 Tk per kilogram on Friday.

The price of the Sonalika chicken variety increased by 10 Tk per kilogram and the item sold for 300–310 Tk per kilogram and the local variety at 530–550 Tk per kilogram on Friday.

Packaged soybean oil sold for Tk 190-195 a liter and a five liter container of soybean oil sold for Tk 940-945 in the city that day.

Unpackaged soybean oil sold at Tk 175-180 per liter and palm oil at Tk 140-150 per liter.

Red lentil prices remained high during the week and the large variety was sold at 100–110 Tk per kilogram and the medium quality one at 120–125 Tk per kilogram on Friday.

The prized variety of red lentils sold for Tk 130–135 a kilogram per day.

Beef was sold at 680–720 Tk per kilogram while mutton was sold at 900–950 Tk per kilogram on Friday.

Fish prices remained unchanged during the week.

Rohita was sold for Tk 320–400 per kilogram and Katla for Tk 300–380 per kilogram, depending on size and quality.

Pangas sold for Tk 180–190 and Tilapia for Tk 150.

The local onion variety was sold for 45–50 Tk per kilogram, while the imported variety was sold on Friday for 35–40 Tk per kilogram in the capital.

The local variety of garlic was sold at Tk 80–100 per kilogram while the imported variety was sold at Tk 120–140 per kilogram per day.

Ginger was sold for Tk 100–120 per kilogram and the local variety for Tk 110–140 per kilogram on the day.

The high quality packaged salt is retailed at Tk 35–38 per kilogram and the coarse variety at Tk 20–25 per kilogram.