Prices of rice and onion are yet to come down to the expected level at the kitchen markets in the capital.
Although prices of some vegetables increased slightly than that of last week, but some newly-harvested vegetables are being sold at much higher prices at the city markets on Friday.
Price of fine rice increased by Tk1 to 2 per kg in the city as it was being sold at Tk 65-72 per kg on Friday.
Price of coarse rice soared by Tk 2 than that of previous week. Swarna was being sold at Tk 48-Tk 52 while hybrid rice was selling at Tk 46-48 per kg in the city retail markets. Medium quality rice was selling at Tk 48-56 per kg.Last week, it was being sold at the same rate.
According to the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), present prices of fine rice are 27.45 per cent, medium qualities are 18.18 percent and coarse rice is 18.18 percent higher than their prices about a year ago.
Local onion was selling at Tk 50-60 per kg while the imported one was sold at Tk 45-55 in the city retail markets on Friday.
Prices of locally-produced onion are 133 per cent and prices of imported onions are 138 percent higher than about a year ago, according to TCB.
The Consumers’ Association of Bangladesh (CAB) secretary Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan said: “A section of millers and traders are increasing rice prices after manipulating the market. They are taking advantage of the lean period, but the government launched the OMS and other programmes to stabilise the rice market,” he said, adding that the government should continue its food programme till the prices come down.
New variety of pointed gourd was selling at Tk 120 per kg at Mohammadpur Krishi Market while earlier it was sold at Tk 150 per kg.
Bitter gourd was selling at Tk 80 per kg and ladies finger was sold at Tk 60 per kg, but it was sold Tk 30 per kg last week.
Rahamat Ullah, a vegetable trader at Mohammadpur Krishi Market, said: “Prices of vegetables increased slightly due to supply drop of winter vegetables. Some early varieties of summer vegetables are selling at much higher prices.”
While visiting different kitchen markets in the city on Friday, this correspondent saw that Brinjal was being sold at Tk 40-60 per kg while it was sold at Tk 16-20 per kg last week.
Similarly, bean was being sold at Tk 40 per kg. Last week, it was being sold at Tk 25-30 per kg while green papaya was sold at Tk 20 per kg during the period.
On Friday, carrot was being sold at Tk 30 per kg, but its price was Tk 25 per kg last week.
A piece of cauliflower and cabbage was selling at Tk 10-15 while it was being sold at Tk 20-25 last week. Cucumber was selling at Tk 60 per kg while its price was Tk35 per kg last week.
Locally-produced tomato was selling at Tk 15-20 per kg while it was Tk10-15 per kg last week.
Potato was selling at Tk 15-20 per kg and green chilli was selling at Tk 60-80 per kg on Friday.