The supply of goods in the market has increased, but the prices are not coming under control. The prices of vegetables are not decreasing in the winter season, due to various excuses of the traders. Onion prices are increasing by leaps and bounds, same is the case with potatoes and eggs – news
The government allowed the importation of domestic onion as the price of domestic onion was increasing in the country’s market. The government also fixed the price of local onion along with some other products last month as it did not come under control. In this, the maximum retail price of domestic onion at the consumer level is fixed at 64 to 65 taka. Even after a month of binding, the price has not decreased but is increasing every week. Onion prices have more than doubled in the last one year.
Alamgir Sharif came to the capital’s Karwan Bazar to buy onion, thinking that it might be available at a lower price. Talked to him then. He told the news, “The way the price is increasing, when it becomes two and a half” (Tk 250) again, I bought one palla (5 kg) of desi onion. The price was 670 taka.
The angry buyer added, ‘Human character has been destroyed. Now no longer worry about the stomach, how quickly can the car-home. This is why the price increases.’
The same is the case with the price of potatoes. As the price was increasing, the government fixed the price of potato at Tk 35 to Tk 36. Campaign, fines did not work, government prices were not effective in the country’s market. In this situation, the import of potatoes was again allowed last Wednesday in the hope of reducing the price.
Some daily products are sold at a slightly lower price in Karwan Bazar than in other markets of the capital. Despite this, on Friday (November 3), good quality desi onions were sold at Tk 140 per kg in the same market. And in that market, one palla (5 kg) of desi onion is being sold at 670 taka, i.e. 134 taka per kg. And in other markets, it was seen being sold at the price of Tk 150 per kg in Mohalla shops. Last week, local onion was sold at Tk 110 to Tk 120 per kg. The price of desi onion has increased by Tk 30 to Tk 40 per kg in a week. And the price of imported onion has increased by an average of Tk 25 per kg and is being sold at Tk 115 to Tk 120, which was sold at Tk 90 to Tk 95 last week.
The supply of winter vegetables in the market increased a little, but the price did not decrease. Traders say that new vegetables have started arriving in the market, but due to the political blockade in the country, there has been no impact.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, 77 tons of potatoes arrived from India last Thursday after the import of potatoes was allowed on October 30. But it did not affect the price. It is still being sold at a premium.
Potatoes are being sold retail at Karwan Bazar at the rate of Tk 60 per kg. And potatoes are being sold at 52 taka as a wholesale price in this market.
When asked about this, businessman Mizan told Sangbad, ‘We are selling palla at 260 taka. Retailers take potatoes from us and sell them at Tk 60 to Tk 65 per kg in various markets. A profit of seven to eight rupees is made in one step.’
He said, even if potatoes are imported, the price of potatoes will not decrease until new potatoes come to the market.
According to Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) Dhaka Metropolitan Bargains on Friday (November 3), domestic onion prices have increased by 126.09 percent in a year. And in the case of potatoes, the growth rate is 109.09 percent.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the country has produced 1 crore 54 lakh tonnes of round potatoes this year. According to the Department of Agriculture Extension, the organization under the ministry, the production of potatoes at this time is 11 million tons. And according to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, 1 crore 9 lakh tonnes of potatoes have been produced.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, the demand for potatoes in the country is 80 to 85 lakh tonnes. And according to the Department of Agriculture Marketing, it is 89 lakh tons.
According to the Directorate of Agricultural Marketing, the production cost of potato is 11 taka 51 paisa per kg. And production cost of domestic onion is about 33 rupees.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) reduced the duty on sugar import but the price of sugar did not come down. Open white sugar was sold at the price of Tk 135 to 140 per kg in the open market of the capital on Friday.
‘What the price asks for, so you have to pay. There is no benefit in bargaining,’ said another buyer who came to the market.
The rising prices of fish, meat and eggs have not come down yet. A dozen red colored eggs of the farm’s chickens are being sold at Tk 150 to Tk 155 in the market.
In the fish market, roe fish weighing more than one kg are being sold at Tk 310 to Tk 450 per kg. And katal fish is 300 to 330 taka. Besides, farmed pangas fish are being sold at Tk 200 to Tk 240, Kai Tk 250 to Tk 270, Tilapia Tk 220 to Tk 250, Pabda Tk 450 to Tk 500, Hornet Tk 450 to Tk 500.
Broiler chickens are being sold at Tk 190 to Tk 210 per kg in the open market. Besides, golden breed chicken is being sold at Tk 300 to Tk 310 per kg and local chicken is being sold at Tk 550. Besides, beef at 750 to 780 taka, goat meat at 1,000 taka, goat meat at 1,100 taka.
Most of the vegetables including potal are selling above 80 rupees in the market. And depending on the market, cannabis, tomatoes, beans and beans are being sold at the rate of Tk 100 to Tk 120 per kg. Eggplants are being sold at Tk 70 to Tk 120 per kg depending on the variety. Apart from this, gourd is being sold at 80 to 90 taka, cauliflower 60 to 70 taka, cabbage 60 taka and rice pumpkin at 70 to 80 taka in the market. Among the low priced vegetables in the market, sweet pumpkin is being sold at Tk 60, papaya at Tk 40 and radish at Tk 60 to Tk 70.
However, in the Chatra market of Pirganj upazila of Rangpur district, the potal which was sold wholesale at 30 taka, in the capital market, the potal is being sold at retail for 80 to 90 taka.
BR Atash rice is being sold at Tk 55 to Tk 58 per kg in the open market of Dhaka. And miniket rice is being sold at 70 to 72 taka. I went to the grocery store and found that cumin masala is still being sold at an additional price of Tk 1200 per kg.
On Friday, he was seen visiting several markets in the capital talking to buyers and sellers.