Prices of different essential commodities, including beef, milk and sugar, has seen a rise in the capital just ahead of ahead of Shab-e-Barat, causing sufferings to the cross section of people.
Shab-e-Barat will be observed in Bangladesh on March 29. The demand for those products has increased ahead of the occasion.The price of beef has risen by Tk 30-50 per kg at different kitchen markets in the capital while that of chicken remained high.
Beef was selling at Tk 600 per kg at Mohammadpur Krishi Market on Friday while it was Tk 550- 570 a week ago.
Sonali chicken was selling for Tk 360 a kg while broiler chicken at Tk 150-165 per kg at the kitchen market.
The milk price saw a hike over the last seven days, according to market insiders.
State-run Milk Vita raised the price of its liquid pasteurised milk to Tk 75 per litre from Tk 70 while that of its half-litre pack of both low-fat and high-fat milk to Tk 40 from Tk 35.
The price of quarter-litre pack of Milk Vita was fixed at Tk 25 from Tk 20.Companies like Pran and Aarong also raised the price of their half-litre pack to Tk 40 from Tk 35.
Besides, powdered milk prices went up by Tk 20-30 a kg in a week.
Dano brand powered milk was selling for Tk 610-630 per kg against last week’s Tk 600-630, according to the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB).
The domestic production of milk is 9.9 million tonnes against a demand of 15 million tonnes in the country.
The country imports 0.125-0.140 million tonnes of powdered milk annually to meet the shortfall.
The sugar price also got costlier by Tk 3 per kg and it was selling at Tk 68-70.