Bad weather-driven green chilli prices burn a hole in Dhaka buyers’ budget

Bad weather-driven green chilli prices burn a hole in Dhaka buyers’ budget

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The hot green chilli is not only scalding the buyers’ tongue but also burning a hole in their budget as prices have almost doubled in a week.One kilogram of green chilli was being sold at Tk 120 to 150 at Dhaka’s kitchen markets on Friday.The price was around Tk 80 just the previous week.Shyambazar Agriculture Product Wholesalers Association President Md Sayeed said the fall in the supply due to heavy rainfall during the past few days and the resultant damage to the crop were responsible for the price spurt.“Chilli fields have been damaged in Pabna, Sirajganj, Bogra and other areas due to heavy rains for the last couple of days,” he said.“The crop can’t be picked from many fields across the country. Moreover, transport cost has also rises.”He, however, said the price would come down once the weather eases.He said green chilli was sold at Tk 9,000 to 9,500 per quintal (100 kg) in the wholesale market.Traders at the kitchen markets said the prices of vegetables also went up for the same reason.Prices of brinjal, tomato, and green papaya increased by Tk 5 to 10 per kg from last week at the markets in Gopibagh, Fakirerpul and Mohakhali.One kg potato was being sold at Tk 22 to 25, which was maximum Tk 24 a week ago.Broiler chicken also became dearer ahead of Eid.From the maximum price of Tk 150 last week, it was being sold at Tk 145 to 160 a kg on Friday.Consumers alleged the traders were hiking prices to make quick money.

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