The prices of essential commodities witnessed a fresh rise on the kitchen markets in the capital Dhaka on Monday after the government raised fuel oil prices by almost 50 per cent on Friday.
Traders said that the price hike of fuel oils affected the prices of commodities as transport costs increased by almost 50 per cent.
Both wholesalers and retailers said that the prices of perishable items mainly vegetables increased by 20-30 per cent in the capital on Monday.
The prices of rice, soya bean oil, broiler chicken, fish, eggs, red chillies and ginger also went up on the kitchen markets on the day.
Retailers said that the prices of rice also started increasing on both the wholesale and retail markets due to the hike in transport costs.
The prices of rice increased by Tk 1-2 a kilogram in the city on Monday.
‘The price hike of fuel oils has already affected the prices of essential commodities due to an increase in transport costs,’ Md Emran Master, president of the Bangladesh Kanchamal Arot Malik Samity, told New Age on Monday.
He said that the prices of vegetables increased by up to 30 per cent on the wholesale market as truck fares increased by almost 50 per cent after the hike in the price of diesel.
According to Emran, the wholesale price of a crate of bitter gourd weighting around 20 kilograms increased by Tk 300 and sold for Tk 900 on Monday.
He said that the prices of other items, including okra, papaya, cucumber and pointed gourd, went up on the market.
The coarse variety of rice sold for Tk 48–52 a kilogram in the capital while the medium-quality variety of rice sold for Tk 55–60 a kilogram.
BR-28 variety, also known as a lower-grade Miniket, retailed at Tk 62–64 a kilogram.
The fine-variety of Miniket sold for Tk 70–75 a kilogram and Najirshail for Tk 75–80 a kilogram on Monday.
Aubergine sold for Tk 50–80 a kilogram, papaya for Tk 30–40 a kilogram, bitter gourd for Tk 60–80 a kilogram, bottle gourd for Tk 50–60 apiece, cucumber for Tk 50–70 a kilogram, pointed gourd for Tk 40-60 a kilogram, potatoes for Tk 30-35 a kilogram, carrot for Tk 150–160 a kilogram and tomatoes for Tk 110–120 a kilogram on the day.
The prices of broiler chicken increased by Tk 10 a kilogram and the item sold for Tk 170–175 a kilogram on Monday.
The Sonalika variety of chicken sold for Tk 270–280 a kilogram and the local variety for Tk 530–550 a kilogram on the day.
The price of eggs increased by Tk 2 a hali (four pieces) and the item sold for Tk 44–46 a hali on the markets in the city.
Md Shamsul Haque, former president of the Dhaka Mahanagari Hass-Murgi Arotdar Samity, said that the prices of chicken increased slightly on the wholesale market on Monday as transport costs increased due to the diesel price hike.
He said that the price of broiler chicken increased by Tk 5-10 a kilogram and the item was sold for Tk 135-140 a kilogram on the wholesale market on Monday.
The price of packaged soya bean oil increased by Tk 2 a litre and a five-litre container of the item was retailed at Tk 900–910 on Monday.
The prices of fish increased by Tk 20-20 a kilogram and Rohita sold for Tk 320–400 a kilogram and Katla for Tk 300–400 a kilogram, depending on size and quality.
The prices of red chillies increased by Tk 30-50 a kilogram and the imported variety of red chillies sold for Tk 400-420 a kilogram and the local variety for Tk 380-400 a kilogram on the day.