The prices of edible oil went up while the prices of other essential commodities remained high in the capital Dhaka over the week ending Friday although the government decided to set the prices of nine commodities including rice, atta and sugar to control profit mongers who were taking advantage of global economic chaos.
The prices of edible oil increased by Tk 2–5 a litre on the city markets over the week.
The government has set the price of packaged soya bean oil at Tk 192 a litre and that of a five-litre container of soya bean at Tk 945 but the items were selling for Tk 195 a litre and Tk 940–950 a five-litre container respectively.
The government has set the price of unpackaged soya bean oil at Tk 175 a litre, but the item sold for Tk 175–180 a litre on Friday.
The price of palm oil increased by Tk 5 a litre over the week and the item sold for Tk 150–155 a litre.
To contain the price spiral of rice, the government on Sunday reduced duty on import of the staple food and commerce minister Tipu Munshi said that the import cost would be reduced by Tk 7–9 a kilogram with the reduced duty.
But consumers were not getting the benefit of duty reduction as the price of rice decreased by Tk 1–2 a kilogram on the city markets.
The coarse variety of rice sold for Tk 55–56 a kilogram in the capital on Friday.
The medium-quality variety of rice sold for Tk 60–64 a kilogram while the BR-28 variety, also known as a lower-grade Miniket, retailed at Tk 65–67 a kilogram.
The fine-variety of Miniket sold for Tk 72–78 a kilogram and Najirshail for Tk 85–90 a kilogram on the day.
The price of sugar remained high and the refined item sold for Tk 88–92 a kilogram while the locally produced one for Tk 85–90 a kilogram.
The price of atta also remained high over the week and unpackaged atta sold for Tk 50–55 a kilogram while the packaged atta sold for Tk 55–60 a kilogram in the city on Friday.
The prices of vegetables also remained high in the city over the week.
Aubergine sold for Tk 60–80 a kilogram, papaya for Tk 25–30 a kilogram, bitter gourd for Tk 70–80 a kilogram, bottle gourd for Tk 50–60 apiece, cucumber for Tk 50–60 a kilogram, pointed gourd for Tk 50–60 a kilogram, potatoes for Tk 30–35 a kilogram, carrot for Tk 130–140 a kilogram and tomatoes for Tk 120–140 a kilogram on the day.
Green chillies sold for Tk 50–60 a kilogram in the city on Friday.
The price of broiler chicken remained unchanged over the week and the item sold for Tk 175–180 a kilogram on Friday.
The Sonalika variety of chicken sold for Tk 280–290 a kilogram and the local variety for Tk 530–550 a kilogram on the day.
The price of eggs decreased by Tk 2 a hali (four pieces) over the week and the item sold for Tk 38–40 a hali on the markets in the city on Friday.
The prices of red lentil remained high over the week and the coarse variety sold for Tk 105–110 a kilogram and the medium-quality variety for Tk 125–130 a kilogram on Friday.
The fine variety of red lentil sold for Tk 130–135 a kilogram on the day.
Beef sold for Tk 680–720 a kilogram while mutton sold for Tk 900–950 a kilogram on Friday.
The local variety of onions sold for Tk 45–50 a kilogram while the imported variety sold for Tk 40–50 a kilogram in the capital on Friday.
The local variety of garlic sold for Tk 80–100 a kilogram while the imported one sold for Tk 120–140 a kilogram on the day.
The prices of fish remained unchanged over the week.
Rohita sold for Tk 320–400 a kilogram and Katla for Tk 300–380 a kilogram, depending on size and quality.
Pangas sold for Tk 180–190 and Tilapia for Tk 150–180.
Ginger sold for Tk 100–120 a kilogram and the local variety for Tk 110–140 a kilogram on the day.
The fine-quality packaged salt retailed at Tk 35–38 a kilogram and the coarse variety at Tk 20–25 a kilogram.