Sugar and cooking oil were sold by retailers at rates higher than the rates set by the government
Food prices have left people panting in recent weeks as most staples, including vegetables, eggs and chicken, became more expensive this week despite adequate supplies.
Eggs per dozen were sold at 115-120 Tk, while broiler chicken was sold at 155-170 Tk per kg. Both saw an increase of 10 to 17 Tk per kg this week.
Pakistani chicken Sonali was selling for 300 to 310 Tk per kg, against 220 to 230 Tk two weeks ago.
Local chicken is sold at Tk440-480. Beef is sold between 580 and 600 kg Tk and mutton between 800 and 850 kg Tk.
Visiting several cooking markets in the capital on Saturday, including Hatirpool, New Market, Lalbagh and Mohakhali, it was also found that sugar and oil were being sold by retailers at prices above the rates set by the government.
Retailers said prices would remain high until winter vegetables hit the markets.
In addition, most vegetables were not sold for less than Tk 60 per kilogram.
Green chili is sold at 110-115 Tk per kg. Last week it was 90-100 Tk per kg.
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Beans, a winter vegetable, are sold for 120-140 Tk per kg.
Wholesalers and retailers claimed that the flooding caused a drop in supply and caused price increases.
Aminul Islam, a chili retailer, said: “The price of green chili has been increasing for several days. Compared to last week, it increased from 10 to 20 Tk per kg.
HatirpoolKacha Bazaar Grocery Vendor Emdadul Haque said: “No price change this week. We sell bulk sugar by kg at Tk82-84. The Fresh and Teer sugar brands are sold at 86 Tk per kg.
The packaged sugar was supposed to be sold at Tk 75 per kg, in accordance with government instructions.
Although a liter of bottled soybean oil is sold at 158 Tk, a five liter bottle is sold at 728 Tk and bulk soybean / palm oil at 150 Tk per liter.
Another seller, Nabibur Rahman, said: “The companies accuse the international market of raising the prices of edible oils. We have nothing to do with the prices.
Tutul Sikder, a consumer at Karwan Bazar, said: “The prices of eggs and chicken are increasing abnormally. What else can we do? Meat prices are already on the rise and beyond our reach. “
Echoing similar views, another market vendor, Abul Bashar said: “Rice prices have remained unchanged from last week. Miniket was sold at Tk60-62 per kg, Nazirshail Tk60-63, Atashbalam Tk50-54, Paijam Tk50-55, Guti Swarna Tk45-48 and Chinigura Tk90-95 per kg.
Meanwhile, potatoes were sold at 25-29 Tk per kg, eggplants 45-50 Tk, cucumber, snake gourd (chichinga), sponge squash (dhundal) are sold at 50 Tk per kg, with an increase of 10 Tk compared to last week.
Loofah (jhinga) and thorny squash (kakrol) are sold at 38-45 Tk per kg. Bitter gourds (korola) were sold at 58-65 Tk per kg.