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A file photo shows bottled soya bean oil at a shop in Dhaka. The prices of soya bean oil still remained high on the kitchen markets in the capital Dhaka even after five days of reducing the price of the item by the government in line with the international market price. — New Age photo

The prices of soya bean oil still remained high on the kitchen markets in the capital Dhaka even after five days of reducing the price of the item by the government in line with the international market price.

The prices of other commodities also remained high on the market over the week ending Friday.

The commerce ministry on July 17 went for a downward review of soya bean oil and palm oil for the local market as the prices of the cooking oils witnessed a significant decline on the global market.

The ministry had reduced the price of packaged soya bean oil by Tk 14 a litre and set the new rate at Tk 185 on the day.

It had also decreased the price of a five-litre packaged soya bean oil to Tk 910 from Tk 980 and that of palm oil to Tk 152 from Tk 158.

Traders have been selling soya bean oil and palm oil at high prices defying the decision of the government for the last five days.

After three days of the government decision, Bangladesh Vegetable Oil Refiners and Vanaspati Manufacturers Association on Wednesday informed the commerce ministry that the new prices of edible oil would became effective from Thursday.

Despite promise, the edible oil refineries and traders did not comply with the new prices of soya bean oil and palm oil set by the commerce ministry.

A one-litre bottle of soya bean oil was selling for Tk 190-195 while a five-litre container of the item was retailing at Tk 980-990 on Friday.

Unpackaged soya bean oil sold for Tk 170-175 a litre on the day.

Palm oil sold for Tk 150-165 a litre on the city markets on Friday.

The prices of rice remained high on the kitchen markets in the capital.

The coarse variety of rice sold for Tk 48–52 a kilogram in the capital Dhaka on Friday.

The medium-quality variety of rice sold for Tk 55–58 a kilogram while the BR-28 variety, also known as a lower-grade Miniket, retailed at Tk 60–64 a kilogram.

The fine-variety of Miniket sold for Tk 68–75 a kilogram and Najirshail for Tk 75–80 a kilogram on the day.

The prices of atta also remained high and unpackaged atta sold for Tk 45-48 a kilogram while packaged atta for Tk 54-55 a kilogram over the week.

The prices of vegetables remained stable on the city markets over the week.

Aubergine sold for Tk 50–70 a kilogram, papaya for Tk 30–40 a kilogram, bitter gourd for Tk 50–60 a kilogram, bottle gourd for Tk 50–60 apiece, cucumber for Tk 50–60 a kilogram, carrot for Tk 150–160 a kilogram and tomatoes for Tk 140–160 a kilogram on the day.

Green chillies were sold for Tk 160–180 a kilogram on Friday.

The prices of onions remained unchanged and the local variety of onions sold for Tk 50–55 a kilogram while the imported variety sold for Tk 45-50 a kilogram in the capital on Friday.

The prices of garlic also remained unchanged and its local variety was sold for Tk 80–100 a kilogram while the imported garlic sold for Tk 130–140 a kilogram on the day.

The prices of red lentil remained high over the week.

The coarse variety of red lentil sold for Tk 105–110 a kilogram and the medium-quality variety for Tk 120–125 a kilogram on Friday.

The fine variety of red lentil sold for Tk 130-135 a kilogram on the day.

The prices of broiler chicken remained unchanged over the week and the item sold for Tk 150–160 a kilogram on Friday.

The Sonalika variety of chicken sold for Tk 250–260 a kilogram and the local variety for Tk 530–550 a kilogram on the day.

The prices of fish increased by Tk 20-40 a kilogram over the week.

Rohita sold for Tk 300–400 a kilogram and Katla for Tk 280–380 a kilogram, depending on size and quality.

Pangas sold for Tk 180–190 and Tilapia for Tk 150–180. The price of eggs remained high and the item sold for Tk 40–42 a hali (four pieces) on the markets in the city on Friday.

The prices of ginger remained unchanged, with the imported variety selling for Tk 100–120 a kilogram and the local variety for Tk 110–140 a kilogram on the day.

The prices of sugar remained unchanged and the refined item sold for Tk 80-82 while the locally produced one for Tk 85-90 a kilogram.

The fine-quality packaged salt retailed at Tk 32–35 a kilogram and the coarse variety at Tk 20–25 a kilogram.

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