Vegetable prices up in Chittagong due to tropical cyclone ‘Komen’

Vegetable prices up in Chittagong due to tropical cyclone ‘Komen’

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Prices of vegetables have shot up in Chittagong due to the impact of cyclone ‘Komen’.Prices of fish and meat were however stable on Friday.The vegetables, which had been sold at Tk 40 to 50 a kg before the rains triggered by ‘Komen’, were being sold at Tk 60 to 80 per kg.The prices of onion too have increased. It had been Tk 30 to 35 a kg a week ago. It was being sold at Tk 60 to 65 per kg on Friday.Asad Mia, a trader at the largest wholesale market Reazuddin Bazar, said onion prices rose because of the price hike in India.Trader Md Ripon told bdnews24.com that they were selling bitter gourd, cowpea, and tomato at Tk 80 a kg. Aubergine and snake gourd were being sold at Tk 60 per kg.These vegetables were sold at Tk 40 to 50 before the rains last week.Ripon said the storm failed to affect the price of potato, as the stock was sufficient.Potato was being sold at Tk 22 a kg.Bismillah Banijyaloy Accountant Gias Uddin blamed lack of supply and rise in fare for the price hike.Truck owners used to charge Tk 32,000 to bring a truck of vegetables from Jamalpur, Sherpur to Chittagong.“They are now charging Tk 38,000,” Uddin said.He also said the number of vehicles carrying vegetables to the district also dropped due to the rains.’Komen’ crossed the Chittagong coast early on Friday. It has weakened and staying in Noakhali and adjacent areas as a land depression.The storm has triggered incessant rains in Chittagong and many other parts of the country, according to weathermen.Green pepper retained the Ramadan prices in the retail market. The wholesale price was Tk 50 a kg while retail price was Tk 60 to 80 per kg.Telapia and Rui fishes were being sold at Tk 140 a kg and Tk 200 a kg respectively.The price of Loitta fish was Tk 120 to 140 per kg at Reazuddin Bazar.Broiler was being sold at Tk 150 to 160 per kg while beef with bones at Tk 450 a kg and without bones at Tk 500 a kg.

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