Prices of rice increase in capital

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The prices of rice increased in the city’s wholesale and retail markets over the week.
Traders said that prices of Miniket rice and aromatic rice (Chinigura variety) increased in the market due to supply shortage as the season of the items ended.
The prices of Miniket rice increased by Tk 2-Tk 3 a kg and the fine variety of Miniket rice was selling at Tk 50-Tk 53 a kg while the coarse variety was retailing at Tk 47-Tk 48 a kg in the city’s retail markets.
The price of Chinigura (aromatic) rice increased by Tk 5 a kg and the item was selling at Tk 45 a kg on Friday.
Mizanur Rahman, a retailer at Karwan Bazar kitchen market, told New Age that following Eid-ul-Azha the prices of Miniket increased in the wholesale market in the name of supply shortage.
‘Wholesalers were charging extra money saying that a supply shortage of Miniket rice took place in the market as productions in the rice mills were suspended due to Eid vacation,’ he said.
Kawsar Alam Khan, vice president of Bangladesh Rice Merchants Association, said that the prices of Miniket rice and Chinigura rice increased due to supply shortage.
The fine variety of BR-28 rice was selling at Tk 42-Tk 45 a kg and the coarse variety was selling at Tk 38-Tk 40 a kg on Friday.
The coarse variety of rice was retailing at Tk 30-Tk 32 a kg over the week.
This past week, the prices of vegetables remained high.
Aubergine was selling at Tk 60-Tk 80 a kg, bitter gourd at Tk 60 a kg, okra at Tk 70 a kg, ribbed gourd at Tk 60 a kg, cucumber at Tk 60 a kg, tomato at Tk 90 a kg, papaya at Tk 30 a kg and green chilli at Tk 200 a kg over the week.
The price of onion decreased a bit and the local item was selling at Tk 70-Tk 80 a kg while imported item was selling at Tk 55-Tk 65 a kg on Friday.
The price of potato decreased by Tk 3-Tk 5 a kg and it was selling at Tk 24-Tk 26 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets.
The price of egg decreased by Tk 2 a hali (four pieces) and the item was selling at Tk 30 a hali in the city on Friday.
The price of red lentil remained unchanged. The fine variety of the item was selling at Tk 120-Tk 125 a kg while the imported one (coarse variety) was selling at Tk 100 a kg over the week.
The price of broiler remained unchanged and the item was selling at Tk 120-Tk 135 a kg while the locally-bred hens were selling at Tk 300-Tk 350 a kg on the day.
Rohita was selling at Tk 200-Tk 300 a kg, katla at Tk 200-Tk 280 a kg, pangas at Tk 120-Tk 170 a kg and tilapia at Tk 110-Tk 180 a kg, depending on their size and quality.
Imported garlic was selling at Tk 110-Tk 120 a kg while the local variety was selling at Tk 80 a kg on the day.
The prices of unpacked soya bean oil and palm oil remained unchanged and the items were selling at Tk 85-Tk 88 a litre and Tk 74-Tk 76 a litre respectively on the day.
The price of bottled soya bean oil remained unchanged. A one-litre container of soya bean oil was selling at Tk 100 while a five-litre container was selling at Tk 470-Tk 480 on Friday.
Source: New Age

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