Green chilli too hot, tomato sour in Ramadan
The prices of green chilli and tomato, the two common items used to prepare iftar during the fasting month of Ramadan, as well as of potato, soared high in the city’s kitchen markets over the week ending Friday.
Prices of most of the other commodities, however, remained unchanged during this past week.
The prices of green chilli increased by Tk 30 a kilogram to Tk 80 a kg, tomato by Tk 20 a kg to Tk 100 a kg and potato by Tk 4 a kg to Tk 28 a kg over the week due to supply shortage, traders said.
Prices of most of the vegetables including aubergine and cucumber remained steady over the week. Aubergine sold for Tk 30 to Tk 40 a kg and cucumber for Tk 25 to Tk 40 a kg on Friday.
The prices of broiler chicken and eggs also remained stable over the week. Broiler chicken sold for Tk 150 to Tk 155 a kg and eggs for Tk 32 to Tk 34 a hali (four pieces).
Soya bean, palm oil, super palm oil and mustard oil prices remained stable but the prices of fish fluctuated over the past week.
Traders at Karwan Bazar, Hatirpul and Rampura kitchen markets in the city on Friday sold a five-litre bottle of soya bean oil for Tk 665 to Tk 680 and onion for Tk 25 to Tk 35 a kg as the prices remained unchanged over the week.
Unpacked soya bean oil, palm oil and super palm oil were retailing at their previous prices at Tk 135 a kg, Tk 110 a kg and Tk 112 a kg respectively on Friday.
The price of mustard oil remained stable at Tk 225 to Tk 230 a kg over the week.
Price of hilsa fish dropped in the capital’s kitchen markets due to increased supply as the government slapped a ban on its export.
Hilsa was retailing at Tk 900 to Tk 1000 a kg while it was sold at Tk 1100 a kg a week ago.
Abdul Matin, a retailer at Rampura kitchen market, however, told New Age that they had sold the fish for much lower prices in the middle of the week.
‘We sold a piece of hilsa weighing around one kg at Tk 700 to Tk 800 three days ago but the price has increased in last two days due to supply shortage,’ he said.
Rohita, katla, tilapia fishes were retailing at Tk 250 to Tk 400 a kg, Tk 200 to Tk 400 a kg, and Tk 150 to Tk 170 a kg respectively, depending on their size and quality, on Friday.
A private company employee Sumon Ahmed at Hatirpul kitchen market told New Age that the price of fish except hilsa had increased and the buyers were bound to pay extra money as the there was no monitoring of the market.
Mutton and beef prices remained stable over the week.
Mutton and beef were retailing at Tk 400 to Tk 425 a kg and Tk 275 to Tk 280 a kg respectively at the city’s kitchen markets.
Date, gur and puffed and flaked rice prices remained unchanged during the week.
Date, gur and puffed and flaked rice were retailing at their previous prices at Tk 100 to Tk 350 a kg, Tk 80 to Tk 120 a kg, Tk 60 a kg and Tk 50 to Tk 60 a kg respectively on Friday.
The prices of black-gram, grass-pea, chickpea and chickpea flour (beshon) were unchanged over the week.
Grams were retailing at their previous prices at Tk 90 to Tk 100 a kg. The price of chickpea flour (beshon) remained stable at Tk 70 to Tk 120 a kg over the week.