Even though the prices of medium and fine rice are yet to come down in the country’s market, the prices of coarse rice such as Swarna, Paizam and BR-28 dropped by Tk 1-2 per kilogram in the retail market in last one month.
Besides, loose flour and sugar prices also declined by Tk2-5 per kg last week. The prices of most of essentials, including packed flour and sugar, edible oil, and lentil, remained static on previous high.
Visiting the city’s kitchen markets on Thursday, this correspondent found that course rice Paizam sold at Tk54 per kg. It was at Tk55 per kg one week ago and Tk 56 per kg at the beginning of this month. Swarna rice sold at Tk53 per kg on Thursday while it was Tk54 per kg at the beginning of this month.
Coarse rice BR-28 and BR-11 sold at Tk55 per kg in the capital’s kitchen markets on Thursday while it was Tk 57 per kg at the beginning of this month.
Prices of medium variety rice such as Nazirshail and Minicate/Jirashail remained unchanged at Tk80-82 per kg and Tk70-73 per kg respectively while fine rice kataribhog sold at Tk100-110 and Kalizira sold at Tk120-125 per kg.
Alamgir, a rice retailer in Kamalapur area said as the supply of coarse rice has increased, prices came down slowly. However, it seems that mill owners will not reduce the prices of coarse rice on the pretext of high paddy prices.
A one-litre bottle of soybean oil was selling at Tk 190 while a 5-litre bottle at Tk 925– the same prices as last week.
The authorities lowered the maximum retail price of one-litre bottle of soybean oil at Tk 187, a 5-litre bottle of soybean oil at Tk906 and loose soybean oil at Tk 167 per litre. Besides, the price of per litre palm oil has been fixed at Tk 117.
On Thursday, loose soybean oil was selling at Tk 170-180 per litre while loose palm oil sold at Tk 145-150 per litre.
Sugar sold at Tk 110 per kg in the retail market on Thursday, down from Tk 115 per kg one week ago.
The price of loose flour came down by Tk3 per kg at retail level, atta sold at Tk60-62 per kg on Thursday, down from Tk 60-65 per kg while loose maida sold at Tk70-72 per kg, down from Tk 70-75 per kg one week ago.
At retail level, lentils price remained unchanged at Tk 105-145 per kg on the day. Besides, prices of egg, meat, fish and some vegetables were still high as last week.
Farm chicken sold at Tk160-170 per kg, while beef sold at Tk700 per kg on Thursday. Eggs of farm chicken sold at Tk38-40 per four pieces while eggs of duck sold at Tk60-65 per four pieces.
However, the prices of some vegetables, including potato, tomato and carrot, fell by Tk 5-10 per kg at retail level. In the city’s kitchen markets, potato sold at Tk15-20 per kg on Thursday while it was Tk 20-25 per kg.
At the beginning of this month, potato sold at Tk30-35 per kg. Tomato sold at Tk60-70 per kg on Thursday, down from Tk70-80 per kg, onion sold at Tk30-35 per kg, down from Tk 40-45 per kg one week ago.