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High veg prices vexing commoners

Prices high despite hilsa glut


| Updated: August 10, 2020 18:32:38


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Vegetables prices remained high last week increasing sufferings of the consumers, especially the commoners, who had already been hit hard by series of price hikes of other essential food items last month.

Prices of hilsa also remained at its previous high in the week despite a notable rise in its supply after lifting of fishing ban, said sources.

Both traders and consumers said most of the summer vegetables were sold at Tk 50-80 per kilogram (kg) in the last seven days

Tomato and carrot were retailed at Tk 100-120 a kg.

Traders attributed the high vegetables costs to the current heavy rains and floods that hit fields in 33 districts across the country till Friday.

Snake gourd, ridge gourd, teasel gourd, sponge gourd, pointed gourd, brinjal, eddo and clocasia stem were sold at Tk 50-70 a kg on the day.

Papaya was cheapest among the vegetables trading at Tk 40-45 per kg at retails.

However, chilli prices which rose abnormally before the Eid-ul-Azha, fluctuated between Tk 160-200 a kg last week.

Belyaet Hossain, a trader at Sadeq Khan Agricultural Market in the city's Rayer Bazar-Beribandh area said supply declined from hubs like Bogura, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Jamalpur, Manikganj and Tangail districts amid the rain-triggered floods that destroyed vast growing areas in the last one-and-a-half-month.

He said Dohajari of Chattogram district and Cumilla and Narshingdi districts are now meeting the major demand for vegetables in the capital.

He said vegetables prices might become higher during the remaining part of the current year amid the long lasting flood.

Traders said, supply of hilsa, the delicacy of Bengalis, have considerably increased but its prices remained at the pre-Eid level.

Hilsa was sold at Tk 750-1,000 a kg based on quality and size on Friday. Its current price is 5.0-15 per cent higher than that at the same time a year ago, according to the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh.

August to October is the peak period for hilsa catching and trading.

The country is expecting a hilsa collection of 0.55 million pieces this year amid a conducive weather condition for collection of the fish, according to the Department of Fisheries.

Farm egg prices declined slightly but still was selling at Tk 105-112 a dozen.

Onion, ginger, garlic and a few other spices showed a slight decline in the week.

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