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Prices of onion, garlic, ginger, chili go up

Published : Thursday, 18 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 750

Prices of onion, garlic, ginger and green chili have seen a further increase in kitchen markets ahead of the holy Eid-ul-Azha.
The Eid-ul-Azha, the second biggest religious festival for the Muslims, will be celebrated on August 12 subject to appearance of moon.
Buyers complained that due to lack of monitoring prices of essential commodities have gone out of purchasing power of commoners causing inconvenience to middle-class people as well as the poor.
On Wednesday local onion was selling between Tk 55 and Tk 60 while it was sold at Tk 30 -Tk 35 three weeks ago. At retail market imported onion sold between Tk 45 and Tk 50 per kg.
The Commerce Ministry on Monday held a meeting with stakeholders including importers and wholesalers and discussed what prompted the sudden rise in onion prices.
Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi at his office said the price of onion price would come down within 15 days.
He said the government is monitoring the market. The prices of onion will come down in two weeks. The Commerce Ministry has initiated different moves including inspection of stocks and import prices.
The prices of garlic increased to Tk 40-Tk 50 per kg suddenly. Garlic imported from China sold at Tk 80-Tk 90 one month ago a kg, while its local variety was sold at Tk 60 to Tk 70 a kg.
Garlic imported from India sold at Tk 70 to Tk 80 a kg. But now it is selling Tk 120 to Tk 130 (China), Tk 90 to Tk 110 local garlic and the Indian garlic is selling at Tk 100 to Tk 120 in kitchen markets.
Traders blamed the rising import cost of garlic for the hike. The local variety of ginger sold at Tk 80 to Tk 90 a kg and the imported variety at Tk 100 to Tk 120 a kg 15 days ago. But now it was selling at Tk 130 to Tk 150 in the local market.
Rakib Mahmud, an employee of a non-governmental organization said, "The prices of garlic and ginger are too high for the ordinary people."
He added, "I bought a kg of garlic for Tk 80 last month. But now it is selling at Tk 130 per kg."
Ashik Ahmed, a wholesaler of garlic at Shyambazar in Old Dhaka, said garlic prices increased due to a fall in its import from China.
Most of the customers want to buy Chinese garlic which is bigger and takes less time to peel, he added.
He said transport costs have increased significantly. Besides, truck drivers prefer to carry sacrificial animals for higher pay.
Importers said they are having difficulty getting huge amounts of onion, garlic and ginger released from the Chittagong port due to malfunctioning of many cranes in the port.
They urged the government to take steps and repair the cranes as soon as possible to ensure smooth supply of the products.
Vegetables sold at higher rates as vendors blamed rainy weather and short supply.
The price of green chili has almost doubled within a week. Green Chili was selling at Tk 120 per kg at the retail market upsetting people's purchasing capacity.
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.   
Potato sold at Tk 25 per kg on Wednesday 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 and string bean at Tk 55.  

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