In Bangladesh, stocks of Chinese garlic and ginger have run out of markets and created a supply shortage, prompting the traders to increase the prices of other varieties of two key cooking ingredients. The shortage was due to import postponement from China, the largest source for the two spices, amid deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Visiting several retail markets, it was found that the Chinese spices were found in very limited quantity and they were selling at exorbitant prices. A kg of Chinese garlic was retailing at Tk200-230 a kg, which was earlier Tk130-140 in the city’s kitchen markets. Besides, local variety of the spice was selling at Tk150-180 per kg, up by Tk40-50.
Prices of other varieties of ginger also went up by Tk20-40 a kg and were selling between Tk150-and Tk 180 a kg in the retail markets.
Al Amin Miya, a retailer at Shukrabad kitchen market said; “There is a supply shortage of garlic for the last one month. So, the prices of the spices increased.”
A Shymbazar- based wholesaler stated that the country was heavily dependent on China for the spices, especially for garlic. "The imports from the country remained suspended for the last one month due to the virus outbreak," he said, adding that a crisis of the spices persisted as the local verities alone could not meet the consumers’ demand.
The wholesalers said the importers were looking for alternative destinations over China and started importing ginger from neighboring India.
"But they have yet to find any suitable alternatives for sourcing garlic," he told dhakatribune.com.
[ Tk1 = €0.011 ]