Low and middle income consumers of northern sixteen districts including Sirajganj, Bogura and Gaibandha are being dissolved over unexpected price hike of vegetable.
The growers are happy as they are getting good profit compare to previous year. The authority concern demands frequent flood visiting in the region is the most remarkable cause of price spiral of vegetable.
On the other hand, due to lack of market supervision and regular market monitoring, the prices of raw vegetables including potatoes have gone up in several phases. Prices of raw vegetables and raw chillies including potatoes, eggplant, beans and radishes have gone up sharply.
Sources said that a month ago, the price of potato was Tk 20 to Tk 25, eggplant at Tk 50 t0 60, pumpkin at Tk 25 to 30, bitter gourd at Tk 40 to 50, red spinach at Tk 30 to 35 per kg in different markets of the region.
Now the wholesale price of the vegetable is being almost double at the kitchen markets across the region. The traders of the area are unable to send the vegetable to Dhaka and other big cities for scarcity of vegetable.
In addition, the prices of all types of raw vegetables are increasing. Raw vegetables are being sold at higher prices.
On the other hand, traders said that the rains and floods have affected the prices of raw vegetables this year. But this year the supply of vegetables in the market has decreased. Compared to any other time, the supply of vegetables here has decreased by about 35 to 40 percent.
Barely a match is currently on fire in the vegetable market, said consumer Arup Kumar Kundu. The situation in the vegetable market is now out of control, he added.
Low-income people are most affected by rising food prices. Due to lack of monitoring, the price of vegetables has doubled in one month. Traders are blaming the supply crisis for the rise in prices.
They said the supply of raw vegetables in the market is getting less than before. As a result, traders have to buy at higher prices and sell at higher prices.
Although the fields are full of vegetables every winter in advance, this time most of the crops, including perishable vegetables, have been destroyed by the floods, which has put pressure on potatoes, said traders.
President of raw market samittee in Joypurhat Masudur Rahman said the prices of all vegetables have gone up. The supply of vegetables from the village to the raw market has now decreased.