The Financial Express

Broiler chicken, onion, garlic prices drop on low demand

A view of a kitchen market view. — Focus Bangla/Files A view of a kitchen market view. — Focus Bangla/Files

The kitchen market in the city saw thin presence of customers after Eid-ul-Fitr with the prices of essential commodities showing a mixed trend.

Prices of broiler chicken, onion, garlic and some vegetables declined while those of farm egg and potato went up comparing to the period before Eid festival.

Eid was celebrated on May 25 and the general holiday announced by the government since March 26 due to the novel coronavirus might end on May 30.

Broiler chicken prices showed a notable decline as it was retailed at Tk 140-150 a kg which was Tk 190-200 a kg before Eid day.

Traders said prices of broiler chicken dropped sharply due to low demand after Eid.

Garlic prices also declined by Tk 30-40 a kg as sold at Tk 120 to Tk 150 a kg at groceries based on its quality.

Onion prices dropped by Tk 10 a kg as sold at Tk 40-50 a kg on the day.

Ginger, cinnamon and chickpea prices also declined slightly in last five days, according to market sources.

However, potato and farm egg prices increased to some extent during the period.

Stored potatoes were retailed at Tk 26-30 a kg which was Tk 24-25 a kg five days back.

Farm egg was retailed at Tk 90-96 a dozen from Tk 85-90 earlier.

During visit to two kitchen markets at Rayer Bazar and Mohammadpur area, the FE correspondent found a handful of customers on Thursday.

Jamal Mandol, a vegetable vendor at Rayer Bazar, told the FE that he reopened his shop on Wednesday morning.

He said the presence of customers increased just before the Eid as many came out of home to store produce for the Eid holiday braving fear of the pandemic.

Half of his products might be wasted as it would be tough to sell all his purchased produce in next two days, he added.

He said prices of brinjal, cucumber, tomato have declined notably after the Eid day.

Haji Md Golam Mawla, secretary of Moulvibazar Aaratdar Baboshayee Samity, an association of wholesalers in the old city, said few of shops were opened on the day to sell products to retailers.

Transaction was less than 5.0 per cent than that of normal days, he added.

Mr Mawla expected that sales might rise to some extent from Sunday next with removal of the lockdown partially.



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