Vegetable prices in retail markets, comparing to those at wholesale market, are still high even though the supply is sufficient. The photo was taken from Karwan Bazar kitchen market in the capital on Friday. Photo: BP

Habibulla Masum
Winter vegetables are selling at relatively high prices at different retail markets in the capital despite the supply is surplus and also their prices at wholesale and local markets are cheap.
Retailers, at city markets, are selling different items of vegetables at least three to five times higher than their prices at wholesale market.
As a result, farmers are being deprived of fair prices of their produce as they are selling the vegetables at their local markets and also at wholesale market in the capital at rates below the production cost.
According to information, provided by our local correspondents and also collected from spot visits at different markets in the capital, a piece of cauliflower is selling at Tk 15-20 at city’s retail market while the same item is selling at Tk 3-5 at wholesale market.
Aziz Mia, a farmer of Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur district, told Bangladesh Post that he has cultivated cauliflower, cabbage, beans and some other varieties of vegetables targeting the winter season. But “our hopes and aspirations are shattered due to a sharp fall in prices in the wholesale market.” “Production cost of these vegetables is much higher than the price wholesalers are giving us. As a result, we are now incurring a heavy loss for cultivating the vegetables,” said he Aziz Mia who came to capital’s Karwan Bazar to sell his vegetables.
“We are compelled to sell these vegetables at a cheaper rate; or else these green vegetables would soon get rotten,” he lamented.
When this correspondent asked about the higher prices of vegetables, retailers in the city market came up with their usual plea of having complexities behind price hike.
They said there are many costs behind providing the products to the consumers. After buying the goods from wholesalers, they had to pay different fees.
Md Saimon, a retailer at Karwan Bazar, told Bangladesh Post that it seems retailers are selling the products at higher prices. “But we have to buy these goods from the wholesalers at a high price too,” he said.
Another wholesaler Rafiqul Islam at Karwan Bazar wholesale market said they purchased their goods from the remote areas of different districts of the country. “To carry these goods to the capital from those areas, it needs to spend a huge sum of money as a form of carrying cost resulting in almost doubling the price.
In the retail market on Friday, per kilogramme (kg) of tomato was selling at Tk 55-60, potato at Tk 22 to 25, radish at Tk 25, carrot at Tk 70, green chili at Tk 30, cucumber at Tk 30 and cabbage at Tk 15-20 apiece.
Moreover, eggplants were selling at Tk 20-25 per kg, parwal at Tk 20, beans at Tk 30-35, and each piece of bottle gourd was selling at Tk 30-35.
Meanwhile in the wholesale, the farmer was selling per kg tomato at Tk 20-25, 3 kgs of radish at Tk 5, per kg eggplant at Tk 6, cabbage at Tk 5 apiece, beans at Tk 10-12 and one kg onion at Tk 20.
However, the price of Broiler chicken remained unchanged over the week and was selling at Tk 120-130 a kg. Locally bred hens were selling at Tk 300-350 per kg in the capital’s kitchen market yesterday.
Besides, prices of beef and mutton also remained unchanged. Beef was selling at Tk 480- 500 per kg and mutton at Tk 650- 700 per kg in the retail market.
But the price of Hilsa fish has fallen compared to that in the last week. A medium-sized Hilsa (650-800 gram) was sold at Tk 600–700 per kg but this variety sold at Tk 750–800 last week.