Kitchen market continues upswing as floods hit
Published : Sunday, 14 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 81
The prices of essentials in the kitchen market showed significantly upward on Saturday while beef and fish prices were unchanged on the high side. Vegetables sold at higher rates as vendors blamed rainy weather and short supply.
The flood situation is worsening and merchants in the city market fear prices may further rise with the rise of flood water at many places which grow vegetables and also for higher transport cost at a time when roads and highways may go under water.
Vendors sold onion, garlic, green chili and different vegetable items at higher rates in the city kitchen markets. Garlic was sold at twice as much price at Tk 130 per kg which was Tk 80 only three weeks ago.
The market is moving on its own way without anybody to monitor or demand reasons why prices are only going up and not coming down. Traders said price of onion has increased due to shortage of supply at a time when the onion harvest was made only several months ago.
The supply of green chili and vegetable however fell short for continuous rain. Green chili sold at twice the price at Tk 120 per kg yesterday from one week back.
A vendor in the Karwar Bazaar kitchen told the Daily Observer, "We bought onion and garlic in the wholesale market last week at higher price. Suddenly the prices of local onion and imported ones have shot up, he said.
Local onion was selling between Tk 55 to Tk 60 on Friday while it sold at Tk 30 to Tk 35 in last week. At retail market local onion sold between Tk 55 and Tk 60 per kg. Imported onion sold between Tk 44 and Tk 50 per kg.
The overall flood situation in Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Sylhet and the port city of Chattogram has worsened, owing to continued rainfall in north, north-east and hill regions and prices of gourd, ridge gourd, sponge gourd prices suddenly increased keeping pace with rains and fllods.
Potato sold at Tk 25 per kg yesterday from Tk 20 a week ago. Brinjal sold at Tk 50 to Tk 70 per kg while Papaya sold at Tk 35 to Tk 40, cucumber at Tk 70 to Tk 80, Tomato at Tk 60 to Tk 70, ribbed gourd at Tk 50, bitter gourd at Tk 50 to Tk 60. Traders sold ladies finger at Tk 40 to Tk 60 per kg, string bean at Tk 55.
Sugar price was up in the wholesale market and to soared the price at retailers level. Sugar sold between Tk 64 and Tk 66 a kg yesterday. Per liter bottled soya bean oil sold at Tk 110 while lose soya bean oil sold at Tk 95 per liter. Five-litre container sold between Tk 470 and Tk 490.