The prices of vegetables have fallen sharply after huge quantities of early winter vegetables started arriving in the capital early this week. Although the sharp price fall has pleased the consumers, it has aggrieved the farmers.
While visiting a number of kitchen markets including Rayer Bazar, Hatirpool, Mogbazar, Shantinagar, Badda, Karwan Bazar and Mohammadpur in the city on Friday this correspondent found that the prices of all varieties of vegetable have fallen sharply.
Meanwhile, the hilsa fish price has increased from last week and other fish prices have remained stable for the past one month. Prices of tomato and potato (newly harvested) soared high. Hedayet Hossain, a private bank official told the Daily Observer, "We are impressed with the price fall in early winter. The trend will help us consume adequate amount of vegetables this winter."
But Mohidul Islam, a vegetable farmer from Sanara village of Biral upazila under Dinajpur district when asked told this correspondent although the price has fallen drastically in the market, the vegetable farmers were not unhappy with the sales proceeds.
He said most of the vegetables plots were affected due to continuous rainfall, starting from early July. As the rain water had receded from the plots, the vegetables were growing satisfactorily. It has been helping us grow more vegetables on the land, he added. According to the sources, prices of cabbage, cauliflower, radish, bean, pointed gourd, bitter ground, green chili and other vegetables have declined at both the retail and wholesale levels this week in the capital.
Egg price has increased this week slightly to Tk 3 to Tk 5 per two pairs. Eggs, (broiler and local) were selling at Tk 35 to Tk 40 and Tk 45 to Tk 50 respectively, whereas the prices were Tk 30 to Tk 35 and Tk 40 to Tk 45 respectively last few weeks.
Chicken (broiler) was selling at Tk 120 per kg, chicken (local) at Tk 250 per kg, chicken (local) at Tk 300 to Tk 400 per piece, chicken (Pakistani) at Tk 220 to Tk 250 per piece.
Ruhi fish was selling at Tk 400 per kg, while Carps around Tk 300 per kg, Boal Tk 700 per kg and Poa Tk 350 to Tk 400 per kg.
Ahad Uddin, a rice trader and proprietor of a wholesale rice shop in Karwan Bazar, said rice price is slightly high as this is the end of the season.
"Farmers have already started harvesting Aman rice which is expected to come to the market in the new season. Price of rice may be reduced with the arrival of the newly harvested rice," he said. Sources said a medium size cabbage was selling at Tk 25 to Tk 30 per piece, whereas it was selling at Tk 35 to Tk 45 previously. Cauliflower was selling at Tk 35 to Tk 40 per piece in contrast with the earlier weeks' price of Tk 40 to Tk 50. Bitter ground was selling at Tk 40 per kg, whereas the price was Tk 50 to Tk 55 last week.
Pointed gourd and long brinjal were selling at Tk 30 per kg and Tk 40 per kg respectively, which were Tk 5 less last week.
Papaya was selling at Tk 15 to Tk 20 per kg compared to last week's price of Tk 20 to Tk 25. Onion (local) was selling at Tk 60 per kg, though the price soared to Tk 80 couple of weeks ago. Onion (Indian) was selling at Tk 40 to Tk 45 per kg compared to the last week's price of Tk 50, while bottle gourd Tk 40 per kg compared to the last week's Tk 50.