Kitchen market remains unstable

Prices of all essentials in the capital were the same as in the previous week. On Friday, price of meat was as fixed by the government. However, prices of Ramadan essentials like gram, lentils, green chili, cucumber and onion remained like in the past week. In the meat market, beef and mutton were selling at Tk 525 and Tk 750 per kg, which were Tk 550 and Tk 800 respectively earlier, while broiler chicken was selling at Tk 150 per kg, red layer chicken Tk 180-190, and Pakistani chicken Tk 240-250 per kg.

A butcher of Karwan Bazar said, ‘we are selling meat as per the government fixed price. Before Ramadan there was an upward trend in meat price , price is now stable and will decrease further in the coming weeks. The same was the scenario in the capital’s Karwan Bazar, Rampura and Malibagh kitchen markets. On visits to these kitchen markets, it was found that gram was selling at Tk 80-85 per kg, khesari dal Tk 65-70, lentil Tk100-110. Local onion was Tk 30-35 while the imported one was Tk 20-25.

Per kg green chili was Tk 60-70, papaya Tk 60, cucumber Tk 40-60, carrot Tk 70-80, tomato Tk 30-40, lemon Tk 20-40 (four pieces), brinjal Tk 50-60, bitter gourd, Tk 60, okra Tk 50, gourd Tk 50-60 and multitude Tk 40-50 per kg. Karwan Bazar vegetable trader Ibrahim said that due to cyclone Fani, supply was hindered, but price did not rise, and they were selling most of the vegetables is in the past week.

Egg price was also found as in the previous week. A dozen eggs were selling at Tk 80-85. While garlic price slightly rose, per kg garlic was selling at Tk120, which was earlier Tk 100. In the fish market, price of fishes were also found like those in the previous week. Chital fish was selling at Tk 500-550 per kg, Awn fish, Tk 650-700, Rui-Katla Tk 300-600 per kg, and tilapia, Tk 150-200, Boal fish, Tk 700-900, Pangas, Tk 180-250, Pabda, Tk 600, and Shing, Tk 400-600.

On the other hand, on May 9, the commerce ministry decided to conduct regular joint surveillance to keep prices of essentials stable during the month.
Commerce ministry secretary, Md Mofizul Islam, presided over the meeting while representatives of Dhaka North and South City Corporations, Rapid Action Battalion, directorate of national consumers' rights protection, BSTI and Bangladesh food safety authority were present. They will monitor strongly so that none of the capital’s kitchen markets become unstable. No syndicate will also be able to stock essential commodities and create artificial crisis.