Prices of most of the essential commodities are soaring in the capital ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, causing concern among the low-income people.
Prices of vegetables, rice, lentil and some spices have risen in the city kitchen markets.Most of the vegetables are selling at higher prices as supply of winter vegetables has shrunk amid the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.
Compared to the prices last week, prices of rice, lentil, onion, garlic, dry chili, ginger and milk powder have increased on Friday.
On the contrary, the prices of Sonali chicken and Broiler chicken have declined slightly.
The prices of the essential goods are increasing indiscriminately as the wholesalers started hoarding targeting the holy month of Ramadan, sources said.
Prices of fine, medium and coarse rice have increased by 1.63, 3.70 and 5.38 percent respectively in a week, according to Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB).
Fine rice price was Tk 60-65 per kg while it was Tk 58-65 per kg a week earlier, medium quality rice was Tk 52-60 per kg while it was Tk 50-58 per kg a week earlier and coarse rice price was Tk 46-52 per while it was Tk 45-48 per kg a week earlier, according to TCB statistic.Lentil price was Tk 80-90 per kg while it was Tk 75-85 a week earlier, local ginger was sold at Tk 100-120 per kg while it was Tk 70-100 a week earlier, imported ginger was sold at Tk 100-160 per kg while it was Tk 80-140 a week earlier.
While visiting Mohammadpur Krishi market, this correspondent found that drumstick was sold at Tk 60-50 per kg while it was Tk80-100 per kg a week earlier which was Tk160-180 per kg a month earlier.
Onion (local) was sold at Tk 35-40 per kg on the day while it was Tk 30-35 a week earlier, Onion (onion) was sold at Tk 30-35 per kg while it was Tk 28-35 per kg a week earlier.
Sajid Hossain, a private company employee said price all of the essential commodities have been skyrocketing since last two month that affected them to maintain food habit.
Taking advantage of higher demand, some unscrupulous traders hiked the prices of most essential commodities to make some extra profits ahead of Ramadan, he alleged.
Pointed guard was sold at Tk 50-60 per kg while it was Tk 40-50 per kg a week earlier, Yardlong bean was sold at Tk 70-80 per kg while it was Tk 60-70 per kg a week earlier, okra was sold at Tk 70 per kg while it was Tk 50-60 per kg a week earlier and brinjal was sold at Tk 50-60 per kg while it was Tk 40-50 a week earlier.
Guard was sold at Tk 60-60 per piece while it was Tk 50-60 a week earlier, bean was sold at Tk 50-60 per kg while it was Tk 40-50 a week earlier, tomato was sold at Tk 25-35 per kg same as the previous week and cabbage and cauliflower was sold at Tk 30-40 per piece same as the previous week.
Azmot Ali, a vegetable trader at the market, said supply of winter vegetable has decreased and the current restrictions following the coronavirus situation also reduced the supply of vegetables in the capital that prompted the price.
Sonali chicken was selling at Tk 250-260 per kg while it was Tk 360 per kg a week earlier. Broiler chicken was sold at Tk 145-150 per kg while it was 160-165 a week earlier.