Prices of winter vegetables witnessed a nominal decline last week, but garlic prices marked a further rise, according to traders in key kitchen markets.
They said lentil prices showed a plunge while prices of most of other commodities remained steady, maintaining higher prices.
Prices of some of seasonal vegetables including cauliflower, cabbage, brinjal, coriander leaf, long bean, local bean and radish dropped slightly.
A small-sized cauliflower or cabbage was selling at Tk 30-Tk 40 per piece while brinjal at Tk 50-Tk 60 a kg, long bean at Tk 55-Tk 65, local bean at Tk 50-Tk 60, and radish at Tk 35-Tk 40 a kg --- a decline by Tk 5 per kg in a week, according to traders.
Prices of green tomato also witnessed a Tk 10-Tk 15 decline in a week.
Off-season vegetables like snake gourd and sponge gourd were traded at Tk 50-Tk 60 a kg.
Prices of seasonal leafy of mustard oil, radish, spinach, and green amaranth remained static, maintaining upward trend.
Md Kayum, a roadside tea-stall owner, said usually vegetables become cheaper at the beginning of the winter season.
"We get some sort of relief in winter season as we can purchase nutritious and tasty vegetables at much lower prices," he said.
"But there is no sign of plunge in vegetable prices this year like other essentials' prices," Kayum told the FE at Mirpur Section-2 kitchen market.
Ashraful Islam, a vendor at Borobag kitchen market in Mirpur, said prices of most of winter crops showed a slight downward trend at the wholesales last week, but not at the expected level of consumers.
Md Abdul Latif, President of Karwan Bazar Kanchamal Aratdar Baboshayee Samity, an association of wholesalers in the city, said prices of vegetables might remain higher for two more weeks.
He said prices of vegetables are minimum 20 per cent higher in growing hubs this year than that of last year due to water-logging in Rangpur, Mymensingh, Jessore, Noakhali and Chittagong regions.
The prices of lentil, both of local and Nepalese varieties, dropped by Tk 10 and sold at Tk 125-135 a kg at retail markets. Sugar price also declined by Tk 2 a kg and sold at Tk 66-Tk 68 a kg last week.
Garlic prices further increased last week to Tk 200-Tk 220 a kg (imported) and Tk 160-180 (local) a kg---up by Tk 10 in a week.
Traders attributed high import cost to the rise in garlic prices.