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Prices of sugar, powder milk, ginger go up

Published : Sunday, 17 April, 2022 at 12:00 AM  Count : 422

In the second week of holy Ramadan, the prices of some items including sugar, powder milk and ginger have gone up in the market. However, prices of onions, garlic, broiler chickens, farm eggs and other daily necessities have come down slightly.
A search of several retail markets in the capital, including Rampura, Malibagh, Shantinagar, Segunbagicha and Moghbazar on Saturday, revealed that prices of daily commodities were rising and falling.
The sellers said the prices of sugar, powder milk and ginger have gone up due to high demand during the ongoing Ramadan and upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. They attribute the rise in prices to a slight decrease in supply in the market over demand.
On the contrary, the prices of onion, garlic, broiler chicken and eggs have come down, traders said.
Sugar prices have been rising for the past few months. In the retail market, the price of loose sugar per kg has gone up and now stands at Tk 78 to Tk 80. Last week it was Tk 75 . However, the price of packaged sugar has remained unchanged. It is being sold at Tk 85 .
Packaged powder milk is being sold at Tk 600 to Tk  650 per kg. At least 20 Tk  per kg has increased compared to last week.
Shakib Mahmud, a shopkeeper in Rampura Bazar, said, "After a few days of Eid, the demand for some items has increased. That is why even after ordering a lot from the dealer of the company, not enough quantity is available. Instead, they have reduced the amount of discount they used to give. The price has gone up a bit for this, maybe it will go down after Eid."
Meanwhile, the prices of both local and imported ginger have gone up. Local ginger is being sold at Tk 100 and imported ginger at Tk 120 to TK 130 per kg. Last week, local ginger was sold at Tk  90 to Tk  100 and imported ginger at Tk 110 to Tk 120 per kg.
Shamsul Alam, a storekeeper of onion, garlic and ginger at the Shyambazar wholesale market told the Daily Observer , "Despite regular supply, the
demand for ginger has increased, which is why the price has gone up a bit. Maybe this situation is due to Ramadan-Eid, it is temporary. "
On the other hand, the supply of new onions and garlic in the market is increasing day by day. The demand for broiler chickens and farm eggs has decreased a bit. As a result, prices have fallen.
Both local and imported onions are being sold at Tk  25 to Tk 30 per kg, which was Tk 30 to Tk 35 last week. Garlic is being sold at Tk 60 to Tk 70 per kg and imported garlic at Tk 120 to Tk 130 per kg. The shopkeeper said that the price of garlic has come down by Tk 10 per kg as compared to last week.
Malibagh market shopkeeper Md Aslam said, "Onion-garlic imports have been quite good over the last few days, which has led to a drop in wholesale and retail prices."
Nasir Uddin, a wholesaler, said that the wholesale price of onion is Tk 18 to Tk 19 and the price of good quality garlic is Tk 40 to Tk 50 and imported garlic is Tk 60 to Tk 70 per kg.
On the other hand, Tk 160 to Tk 165 per kg of broiler chicken. Last week it was Tk 150 to Tk 155.
However, like last week, golden chicken is being sold at Tk 300 and layer chicken at Tk 250 per kg.
Md Sumon Ali, a seller of Bhai Bhai Broiler House in Shantinagar Bazar, said, That's why they don't seem to be buying anymore this week. The supply of chickens in the wholesale market is quite good. "
Meanwhile, before the start of Ramadan, beef is being sold at Tk  650 per kg, up by Tk  50 per kg. Beef was also seen being sold at this price on Saturday.
Before Ramadan, a dozen eggs cost Tk 115 to Tk 120 , but now it is declining. The retail price of eggs has come down to Tk 105 per dozen.
According to traders, the demand for eggs is lower as hotels and restaurants are closed during the day and social events are less during Ramadan than other times; Due to this the price has come down.
Although the price of long eggplant has come down in the raw market, the prices of beans and green chillies have gone up afresh. Eggplant is being sold at Tk 80 to Tk 100 per kg. Beans are being sold at Tk 80 and green chillies at Tk 100 per kg.
Al Mamun, a resident of South Banasree, said because today it has decreased a little, tomorrow the price may double unnecessarily. The prices of one or two items have come down a bit, while the prices of raw chillies have gone up suddenly. "
He said the government needed strict surveillance to control the market.

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