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Prices of food items go up further

Low-income people in great trouble

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 1 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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The prices of essential commodities, including vegetables, rice, flour, lentil, chicken, egg and fish, have increased further at kitchen markets in the capital, leaving the low-income people in trouble.

Nine food items were selling at higher prices in the capital on Friday, the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) said.

While visiting Mohammadpur Kitchen Market, the correspondent found that the prices of other items were selling at previous rates on the day.

The prices of daily essentials have been soaring after fuel oil and US dollar prices went up in Bangladesh.

Consumers said several daily commodities have seen an unusual increase in their prices in the last few days.

“We’ve reached the pinnacle of helplessness as we have to cope with the rising prices of the daily essentials,” said consumer Ashiqur Rahman, an employee of a private company.

Farm egg price has increased to Tk 150 per dozen from Tk 140 in a week, said egg trader Md Shahin.

The price of farm egg skyrocketed to Tk 160 per dozen last month, but it declined to Tk 120 per dozen in the first week of September.

Broiler chicken price remained at the previous high price of Tk 180 per kg, layer chicken price remained at the previous high of Tk 300 per kg and Sonali chicken price was Tk 320 at the kitchen market.

Meanwhile, beef price has increased to Tk 700-720 per kg from Tk 680-700 per kg. The price of fine quality rice has been hiked by 7.41 per cent in a week and was sold at Tk 65-80 per kg and coarse rice by 2.06 per cent in a week and was sold at Tk 47-52 per kg, according to the TCB.

Not only the prices of rice, egg and chicken but also that of most vegetables has also gone up further at the kitchen market. The price of earlier variety bean was sold at Tk 140, carrot price rose to Tk 180 per kg from Tk 150-160 per kg and brinjal was sold at Tk 70-100 per kg.

Cauliflower and cabbage were sold at the previous high price of Tk 60 per piece. The pointed gourd was sold at Tk 60 per kg, okra was sold at Tk 70 per kg, the ribbed gourd was sold at TK 70-80 per kg, snake gourd was Tk 70 per kg and bitter gourd was Tk 80 per kg.

The price of tomato rose to Tk 140 from Tk 120-130 per kg, and yardlong to Tk 90 per kg from Tk 80 per kg.

The price of green papaya was Tk 25 per kg, the gourd was Tk 70 per piece and cucumber was Tk 50 per kg.