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Vegetable prices in Bangladesh increase due to transport strike

Prices of vegetables increased further last week, hitting hard the limited-income consumers already affected by skyrocketing prices of commodities.

However, the latest indefinite strike, called on by transport operators protesting the 23 per cent diesel-price hike by the government, disrupted supply of goods on Friday which may lead to a hike in prices of many products from Saturday morning, said traders.

A vegetable trader at Sadeq Khan Agricultural Wholesale Market in Rayer Bazar of the city, said prices of vegetables, seasonal fruits and many other perishable commodities might further increase from Saturday morning as no goods-laden trucks or pickup vans could leave district headquarters for Dhaka amid the country-wide transport strike reports thefinancialexpress.com.bd

Most of the vegetable prices further witnessed a Tk 5.0-10 a kg hike last week as major vegetables were sold between Tk 60 and 150 a kg.

The supply of early harvested cauliflower, cabbage and local beans increased in the market, but prices were much higher.

Small-sized cauliflower and cabbage were sold at Tk 35-Tk 50 a piece (Tk 80-90 a kg) while local beans at Tk 140-150 a kg.

Snake gourd, sponge gourd, brinjal, pointed gourd, ridge gourd and eddo were sold at Tk 60-70 a kg while long-yard bean, bitter gourd at Tk 70-80 a kg.

On the other hand, tomatoes and carrots were retailed at Tk 140-150 a kg. Papaya was the only cheaper vegetable and was sold at Tk 25-30 a kg on Friday. Leafy veg were retailed at Tk 15-30 a bunch - a Tk 5.0 hike in a week.

The country's bus, truck, covered-van, lorry and other vehicle owners have gone on an indefinite strike protesting the latest diesel price hike after the Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation on November 03 raised diesel and kerosene price to Tk 80 a litre from Tk 65 a litre earlier.

He also requested the government to remove all kinds of import duties on products like edible oil, sugar and other import-dependent commodities for an interim period to give consumers some sort of relief during this pandemic when global food prices hit a ten-year high.


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