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Vegetable prices jump at Fulbari

Green chilli sells  at Tk 120, potato at Tk 60

Published : Tuesday, 14 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 96

Vegetable prices jump at Fulbari

Vegetable prices jump at Fulbari

FULBARI, KURIGRAM, May 13: Green chilli and potato are selling at Tk 120 and Tk 60 per kilogram (kg) respectively in Fulbari Upazila of the district, causing disarray to low-income families. 

Along with other vegetable items, the green chilli and potato price have jumped up in the last one week. 

Green chillies were selling at Tk 50-60 per kg one week back while potato was selling at Tk 40-45 at Fulbari, Balarhat and Kharibarihat and in most haats and bazaars in the upazila.

Now bitter gourd is selling at Tk 50 per kg, okra at Tk 40, brinjal at Tk 60, pointed gourd at Tk 50, sweet pumpkin at Tk 25, per piece Jali Kumrah (ash gourd) at Tk 30-40, garlic at Tk 200 per kg, onion at Tk 65-70, ginger at Tk 260 per kg, drum stick at Tk 60, tomato at Tk 30, cucumber at Tk 20, and Borboti (long bean) at Tk 60 per kg.

In this situation, low and middle-income people demanded of the upazila administration for effective bazaar monitoring.  

Day-earners Kasem Ali of Kurushaferusha Village and Nazrul Islam of Purbafulmati area said, "We, the low-income people, can afford green chilli at Tk 120 per kg at Balarhat Bazar and potato at Tk      50-60."

Not only chilli and potato, prices of pointed gourd, bitter gourd and others have increased, they added.

These two day-earners said, "If prices of chilli, potato and other vegetable items don come down, we will have to undergo serious living consequences."

Consumers of Nawdanga area Nirmal Chandra Ray and Sanzu Mia said, "We are of middle-income families; we are dependent on paddy farming; but we are facing price hiking of essentials including vegetables."

"If this trend continues, our living hardships will turn worse," they added.

Vegetable traders at Balarhat Bazar  Dilip Chandra Debnath, Helal Mia and others said, "A short supply of the green chilli has pushed up its price; at present, chillis are brought from different districts; excessive drought caused less yielding to the green chilli; we are purchasing per kg at Tk 100 and selling at Tk 120."

If the supply increases, the prices of these kitchen items will come down, they added.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Rehenuma  Tarannum said, the upazila administration is working to control vegetable markets with importance.

If any trader creates artificial crises of green chilli and potato, action will be taken through mobile court, she added.

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