Broiler chicken, one of the key protein sources for the common people, became costlier in Dhaka city’s kitchen markets on Saturday, increasing their sufferings further.
Apart from this, prices of cauliflower and bean witnessed a hike by Tk 5.0 per kg on Saturday, compared to a day before.
Higher prices of almost all the daily essentials remained unchanged, according to traders and consumers.
However, the prices of imported garlic and ginger saw a drastic decline.
Pakistani, Sonali and layer chicken and eggs, another key protein source for the common people, remained static maintaining the previous hike.
Prices of newly harvested local onion, one of the main cooking ingredients, remained static at wholesale and retail markets.
Stakeholders said prices of many other essentials remained steady, at a higher level in most cases.
Broiler chicken was selling at Tk 185-Tk 190 a kg at the retail level, Rasel (single name), a salesman at New Bismillah Broiler at Mohammadpur Krishi Market, told The Financial Express (FE).
Layer chicken was selling at Tk 205 per kg at wholesale level Saturday, he stated. The retailers were selling layer chicken at Tk 215-Tk 220 per kg, he mentioned.
Red eggs were selling at Tk 95 a dozen at the retail level in the same market, Rasel added.
The retail price of broiler chicken was reported to be Tk 151-Tk 166 a kg, according to the Department of Agriculture Marketing (DAM).
Retail price of imported garlic was reported to be Tk 143-Tk 152 a kg, according to DAM.
Retail price of imported ginger was reported to be Tk 84-Tk 95 per kg, it added.
Akash (single name), a vendor at Mohammadpur Krishi Market, said the wholesale price of imported garlic was reported to be Tk 115 on Saturday whereas it was Tk 140-Tk 150 a day before.
He added the wholesale price of imported ginger was Tk 90, which was Tk110-Tk 120.
Imported ginger was selling at Tk 100 a kg at the wholesale level on Saturday, said vendor Akash.
The newly harvested onion was selling at Tk 30-Tk 32 a kg at the wholesale level, according to him.
Prices of imported Indian onion remained Tk 42 a kg at the wholesale level, he added.
Items such as flour, edible oil and sugar witnessed no remarkable change either, meaning that the previous higher level of prices continued on Saturday.
This correspondent was also told that prices of brinjals, pumpkins, bitter gourd, pointed gourd, newly harvested potatoes and green chilli remained steady in the past few days.
A vegetable vendor, Faruk (single name), claimed that prices of almost all vegetables remained unchanged on Saturday.
The wholesale price of cauliflower was Tk 25 on Saturday whereas it was Tk 20 a day before, he said.
The wholesale price of bean was Tk 35 on Saturday whereas it was Tk 30 a day before, he added.
The new potato was selling at Tk 16 a kg at the wholesale level, vendor Faruk added.
Jubayer Hossain, a wholesaler at Mohammadpur Krishi Market, said the prices of flour, edible oil, sugar and lentils remained high.