MNA Business Desk: Prices of vegetables went up on the kitchen markets in the capital over the week ending on Friday due to a supply shortage after Eid-ul-Azha, one of the largest religious festivals of the Muslims.
Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated across the country on August 1.
Traders said that the prices of all types of vegetables soared as floods and the monsoon damaged farmlands in many districts of the country.
The prices of most vegetables increased by Tk 10 a kilogram in the city after Eid.
Aubergine sold for Tk 60-80 a kg, papaya for Tk 40 a kg, bitter gourd for Tk 60-80 a kg, okra for Tk 60-60 a kg, bottle gourd for Tk 50-60 apiece, cucumber for Tk 40-50 a kg and tomato for Tk 80-110 a kg on Friday.
The price of green chilli rose by Tk 20-30 a kg and cost Tk 180‑240 a kg. The price of red lentils remained high on the kitchen markets. The medium-quality variety cost Tk 95-100 a kg while the coarse variety cost Tk 70-75 a kg. The fine variety of red lentil sold for Tk 120-125 a kg on the markets on Friday.
The price of rice also remained high and the course variety cost Tk 40-45 a kg on Friday. The standard variety of BR-28 rice sold for Tk 48-50 a kg and the fine variety for Tk 50-54 a kg in the capital on Friday. The fine variety of Miniket rice sold for Tk 56-65 a kg on the day with the fine variety of Najirshail rice retailing at Tk 60-65 a kg.
The price of broiler chicken fell by Tk 10 a kg and the item sold for Tk 120-130 a kg on the markets in the capital on Friday. Locally bred hens cost Tk 450-500 a kg.
Beef sold for Tk 550-580 a kg while mutton sold for Tk 800-900 a kg in the capital on Friday. The price of eggs remained high as well with each hali or four pieces sold for Tk 34-36 on Friday.
Unpackaged soya bean oil cost Tk 94-97 a litre and palm oil sold for Tk 86 a litre. Bottled soya bean oil (a one-litre container) sold for Tk 110 while a five-litre container sold for Tk 490-530 on the markets.
Fine-quality packaged salt retailed at Tk 35 a kg while the refined variety retailed at Tk 25 a kg.
The price of onion remained unchanged and the local variety sold for Tk 40-45 a kg while the imported variety cost Tk 30-35 a kg on Friday. The prices of garlic and ginger remained unchanged over the week. Imported garlic sold for Tk 80 a kg while the local variety retailed at Tk 90 a kg on the markets on Friday. Imported ginger sold for Tk 150-160 a kg and the local variety retailed at Tk 120-150 a kg on the day.
The prices of fish also remained unchanged over the week. Ruhit sold for Tk 260-350 a kg and Katla for Tk 250-350 a kg, depending on their sizes and quality. Pangas cost Tk 130-180 a kg and Tilapia sold for Tk 120-160 a kg.
Refined sugar retailed at Tk 60-65 a kg while the locally produced variety retailed at Tk 70 a kg.