Prices of chicken and some vegetables have increased at the city’s kitchen markets.
People of the low, middle and fixed income groups have already been hit hard by the indiscriminate price hikes of most of the commodities.
Poor and margin income people in the urban and rural areas are facing extreme hardship due to the price hike of essentials, farm economist ASM Golam Hafiz said.
While visiting several kitchen markets in the capital on Friday, Sonali chicken was found to be selling at Tk 270-280 per kg from Tk 230-240 per kg a week earlier. Layer chicken was selling Tk 230-240 per kg from Tk 230-235 per kg a week ago. The price of broiler chicken has remained unchanged at Tk 140-150 per kg.
Egg price was as high as last week. The price of farm eggs was Tk 108-110 per dozen, duck eggs Tk 160 per dozen and local chicken eggs was selling at Tk 180 per dozen.
The demand for chicken, especially the Sonali variety, has increased due to higher demand from restaurants, hotels and different programmes, said Asadul Islam, a chicken trader at Mohammadpur Krishi Market.
Sales at hotels and restaurants have increased while the number of weddings and other social events has also increased across the country, pushing up the demand for chickens, he said.
Pointed guard was selling at Tk 40-50 per kg from Tk 30-40 per kg a week earlier, okra price remained unchanged at Tk 40 per kg, Yardlong bean price increased to Tk 70-80 a kg from Tk 60 per kg a week earlier, green papaya was selling at Tk 20-25 per kg and green banana was selling at Tk 25-30 per four pieces.
Red amaranth retailed at Tk 20-30 per bunch, radish leaves at Tk 15-20 per bunch and water spinach was selling at Tk 10 per bunch.
The price of farmed Telapia fish was Tk 160-180, up from Tk 150-160 per kg a week earlier. Ruhi was selling at Tk 280-380 per kg and Mrigel was Tk 240-280 per kg from Tk 200-220 per kg a week earlier.