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Prices of vegetables continue to remain high amid supply crunch   

| Updated: August 08, 2020 10:22:03

Prices of vegetables continue to remain high amid supply crunch   

Vegetables prices in kitchen markets continued to remain high like last week raising woes of the commoners.

Traders attributed the high price of vegetables to the ongoing heavy rain and flood that hit fields in 33 districts so far.

Most of summer vegetables were sold at Tk 50-80 a kg in last seven days.

Tomato and carrot were retailed at Tk 100-120 a kg.

Snake gourd, ridge gourd, teasel gourd, sponge gourd, pointed gourd, brinjal, eddo, clocasia stem were sold at Tk 50-70 a kg.

Papaya was the cheapest veggie sold at Tk 40-45 a kg at retail.

Chilli prices hovered between Tk 160-200 a kg over the week.

Belyaet Hossain,  a trader at Sadeq Khan Agricultural Market in Rayer Bazar-Beribadh area said supply declined from hubs like Bogura, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Jamalpur, Manikganj and Tangail amid the flood that destroyed fields in last one and half months.

He said Dohajari in Chattogram, Cumilla, and Narshingdi are now meeting the major demand for veggie of the city.

He said vegetable prices might remain higher for the rest of the year amid this long waterlogging.

However, supply of the national fish hilsa increased notably but prices remained same as the pre-Eid period.

Hilsa was sold at Tk 750-1,000 a kg based on quality on Friday.

The current price is 5.0-15 per cent higher than that of a year ago, according to the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh.

August to October is the peak period for hilsa catching and trading.

The country is expecting 550,000 hilsa collection this year amid having a suitable weather condition, according to the Department of Fisheries.

Farm egg prices declined slightly but still was selling at Tk 105-112 a dozen.

However, onion, ginger, garlic and few other spices showed a slight decline in a week.



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