The price of vegetables is increasing rapidly in Shaistaganj of Habiganj. Potatoes are already at the center of discussion. A few days ago, continuous rains and landslides from upstream caused waterlogging. In that sudden flood, the vast land where vegetables are cultivated everywhere in Shaestaganj upazila was submerged. This has caused huge losses to vegetable farmers in the area. As a result, the prices of seasonal vegetables are increasing at an unusual pace along with early winter vegetables. Potatoes broke all-time records even though natural calamities did not affect potato cultivation. The poor people could not buy other vegetables but potato was their only hope. In the current market, potato is among the most expensive vegetables. Due to which potato is now beyond the reach of low income people.
In the present market, diamond potato is being sold at 60 to 70 taka and desi potato at 100 taka per kg. Which broke all the records of all time. Onion is selling at Tk 120, bitter gourd and cauliflower at Tk 120, kachurmukhi at Tk 80, cucumber at Tk 60, red cabbage and datashak at Tk 40, chichinga at Tk 60, papaya at Tk 30 to Tk 40.
In some markets of Shaistaganj municipality, it can be seen that the vegetable shops are decorated with spicy vegetables. Abdul Quader, a vegetable seller in Daudnagar market, said that sufficient quantity of vegetables is not available in the wholesale market. So one has to buy and sell at the price available. The price of vegetables is high in the market, but if the import is high, the price will start to come down. Sohel Mia, a rickshaw puller, said that he earns 500 to 700 rupees a day and gets dizzy when he goes to the market. Vegetables, fish, rice, pulses all have to be bought at extra cost. If you want to market with the right amount of money, you have to reduce the amount of products for good reason. So we have to live by eating less vegetables.