Vegetable prices go up in city

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 25 Aug 2017, 00:43:32
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Vegetable prices go up in city

Vegetable prices go up in city
FE Report


Prices of some vegetables increased further in the city markets last week, causing sufferings to consumers.

Traders said the prices of vegetables went up due to ongoing floods in many districts that caused severe damage to crops, resulting in supply disruption of agro-produce.

However, prices of broiler chicken and garlic declined slightly on Thursday than that of a week ago while most of other essentials' prices remained stable in the city markets.    

Prices of papaya, brinjal, bitter gourd, ridge gourd, sponge gourd and teasel gourd rose by Tk 5-Tk 10 a kg at retail level in last seven days.

Papaya was sold at Tk 45-Tk 55 a kg while teasel gourd and brinjal at Tk 55-Tk 70 a kg in different city markets.  

Md Rabiul Islam, a vendor at Rayer Bazar in the city, told the FE that prices of some vegetables increased by Tk 22-Tk 40 at per 'palla' (equivalent to 5kg) in a week.

He said leafy prices are still much higher as sold at Tk 14 to Tk 22 a bunch at wholesales on Thursday morning.

Md Altaf Hossain, a vegetable trader at Karwan Bazar wholesale in the city, said heavy rainfall and flood had severely affected vegetables fields in 32 districts.

Prices of vegetables have gradually been increasing for last few weeks at growers' level in key producing regions including Rangpur, Rajshahi, Bogra, Kushtia, Dhaka and Comilla, he said.

He said transport cost had also risen as the owners raised truck fares by Tk 3,000-Tk 4,000 per trip for poor condition of highways.

Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM) data showed that prices of 12, out of 41 vegetables it monitors, increased by 10-15 per cent in a week at district level.

However, prices of garlic declined by Tk 10 while broiler chicken by Tk 5 a kg.

Broiler chicken was sold at Tk 125-Tk 135 a kg on Thursday.     

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