Prices of most essentials are still high during the holy month of Ramadan, causing concern among the low and fixed-income people.
Different vegetables, rice, lentil, sugar, chickpea, date and onion were selling at higher prices in the city markets on Friday.Though the prices of vegetables declined last week, the produces were selling at higher prices on the day.
Loose sugar was selling at Tk 70-Tk 75 a kilogram and branded packet sugar at Tk 75-Tk 78 per kg for last three weeks while the Department of Agriculture Marketing (DAM) fixed MRP at Tk 68 per kg on April 12.
The maximum retail price of chickpea was set at Tk 67 by DAM, but it was selling at Tk 68-Tk 90 depending on its quality.
DAM fixed coarse lentil price Tk 69 per kg but it was retailing at Tk 70-Tk 72 per kg while finer lentil at Tk 110-Tk 120 per kg.
Regular quality date was retailing at Tk 120-Tk 180 per kg while medium quality at Tk 250-Tk 400 per kg in the city retail market against the fixed rate of Tk 100 and Tk 250 per kg respectively.
MRP of onion was set at Tk 40 a kg when it was found that the spice was retailing at Tk 40-Tk 50 a kg in different city areas.Coarse rice was retailed at Tk 48-Tk 52, medium at Tk 56-Tk 60, and fine rice at Tk 66-Tk 82 per kg, depending on their varieties and qualities.
While visiting Mohammadpur Krishi market it was seen that price of brinjal was Tk 40-60 per while it was Tk 80-100 per kg a week earlier, cucumber price was Tk 50 per kg while it was Tk 80 per kg a week earlier, drumstick price was Tk 60-70 per kg while it was Tk 80 per kg a week earlier and pointed guard was sold at Tk 40-50 per kg while it was Tk 50-60 per kg a week earlier.
Spiny gourd was sold at Tk 80-90 per kg and arum-lobe was sold at Tk 70-80 per kg.
Yardlong bean was sold at Tk 50-60 per kg while it was Tk 70-80 per kg a week earlier, okra was sold at Tk 50-60 per kg while it was Tk 70-80 per kg a week earlier and bean was sold at Tk 50 per while it was Tk 60 per kg a week earlier and guard was sold at Tk 50-70 per piece, green papaya was sold at Tk 30-40 per kg and tomato was sold at Tk 25-30 per kg while it was Tk 40-50 per kg.
Akbor Ali, a vegetable trader at the market, said the vegetable prices will decline when summer vegetables will start appearing in the markets.