Though markets are flooded with supply of a wide variety of winter vegetables in the capital’s kitchen markets from different parts of the country, retail prices of vegetables were almost double that in the wholesale market on Friday.
While the farmers who cultivated the vegetables did not get fair prices for their produce, they sold the vegetables at their local markets at rates below the production cost.
During visits to different wholesale and retail markets in the city, this correspondent found that each cauliflower was being sold at Tk 9 in the wholesale market while the consumers were buying the same at Tk 20 in the retail market. The farmers were selling at Tk 3.
In wholesale market, it was found that per kg of tomato was being sold at Tk 40-45, potato Tk 15, radish Tk 8, carrot Tk 35-38, green chili Tk 15, cucumber Tk 18-20, eggplants Tk 10, parwal Tk 15, cabbage Tk 8 and beans at Tk 15-18.
However, in the retail market, per kg of tomato was being sold at Tk 50-60, potato Tk 22 to 25, radish Tk 25, carrot Tk 70, green chili Tk 30, cucumber Tk 30 and cabbage Tk 15-20.
Moreover, eggplants were selling at Tk 20-25 a kg, parwal Tk 20, beans Tk 30-35, and each piece of bottle gourd Tk 30-35 yesterday.
According to our Dinajpur correspondent MA Salam, the farmers who cultivated the vegetables were selling to the wholesalers at a low price in different areas of the district.
The farmer is selling each cauliflower at Tk 2 to 3, which is being sold at Tk 20 in the retail market.
Besides, 3 kgs of radish is being sold at Tk 5, per kg eggplant at Tk 6, cabbage at 5 and per kg of onion at Tk 20.
Md Saimon, a retailer at Karwan Bazar told Bangladesh Post that they always try to provide the vegetables at a reasonable price. There are many costs behind providing the products to the consumers, that is why the price is double.
A farmer, Gufar Mia of Dinajpur district said, they cultivated cauliflower, cabbage, beans and some other varieties of vegetables targeting the winter season. But their hopes and aspirations were shattered when the prices fell sharply in the market.
“We are now facing heavy loss for cultivating the vegetables in the season,” Gufar said.
On the other hand, the price of broiler chicken remained unchanged over the week and the item was selling at Tk 120-130 a kg. Locally bred hens were selling at Tk 300-350 per kg in the capitals kitchen Market.
Besides, prices of beef and mutton also remained unchanged. Beef was selling at Tk 480- 500 per kg and mutton at Tk 700- 750 in the market.
But the prices of Hilsa fish has increased compared to that last week. A medium-sized Hilsa (650-800 gram) was sold at Tk. 750–800 per kg. It was Tk 550-600 last week. According to traders, the prices of Hilsa will increase further in the next few weeks.