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Early winter vegetables arrive in city market, prices high

Published : Sunday, 15 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 75

Early winter vegetables have started arriving in the capital's kitchen markets over the last few weeks but prices were on the high side due to inadequate supply and being the early season items.
Meanwhile prices of onion, garlic and ginger are staying high over the past several weeks to the bitter disappointment of consumers for being quite unaffordable by low income people.
In bulk buying, local onion sells at Tk 50 per kg at city's wholesale market like Kawran Bazar at the week-end while prices of garlic and ginger varied from Tk 160 to Tk 180 per kg. Indian onion prices were lower at Tk 40 per kg for poor quality.
There is a strong fear now that onion prices would soar in local market following the Indian government fixing of minimum onion export price at US$ 850 per tonne, which was between $250 to $ 300 per tonne only few weeks ago.           
At vegetable market, winter vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, bean, radish, and spinach have just started arriving at vendors' shelf.  However poor supply is holding the price high.  
Traders said vegetable markets were also on the high side in the past week due to rain and inclement weather. They said prices of vegetables would come down in coming weeks on arrival of plenty winter varieties in the market.  
A visit to the city markets found brinjal was selling between Tk 50 and Tk 60 per kg. It is due to arrival of new vegetables.  
A medium size cabbage in the market was selling at Tk 40 to TK 50 per piece. Cauliflower was selling at Tk 45 to TK 55. Bitter ground was selling at Tk 60 per kg.
Papaya sold at Tk 25 to Tk 30 per kg compared to last week's price at Tk 20 to Tk 25 per kg.  
Aubergine sold at Tk 50 to Tk 65 a kg, cucumber at Tk 40, bottle gourd at Tk 50 to Tk 60 and okra at Tk 55 per kg. Tomatoes sold between Tk 100 and Tk 120 per kg, eggplants for Tk 60 to Tk 80.
Kabir Mia, a vegetable trader at Karwan Bazaar kitchen market, said, "The winter vegetables started arriving but price is high. We do not control price. We buy from wholesalers and sell to buyers."
Abdur Rahman, another vegetable vendor at Karwan Bazar said, "It will take another month for winter vegetables to arrive in huge quantity to the market. Prices will then fall."
He further said, "When the supply will increase, consumers can buy at affordable cost."  
In the chicken (broiler) was selling at Tk 140 per kg, while local chicken were costlier. Ruhi fish sold at Tk 300 per kg, carps sold around Tk 250 per kg, boal fish sold at Tk 400 per kg and poa Tk 250 to TK 300 per kg.
Traders claim Tk 900 to Tk 1000 for a hilsa weighing around 800-900 gm. The price of a hilsa weighing around one kg hovers around Tk 1,200.  Medium-sized hilsa sold between Tk 550 and Tk 900 last week.

Beef sold between Tk 550 and Tk 600 per kg while mutton sold between Tk 750 and Tk 800 per kg over the week-end.

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