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Anisul Islam Noor :
Skyrocketing of beef price taxes the buying capacity of the consumers of fixed income group and contributed to fall of trading.
At the same time, more than 0.25 million people, directly involved with the beef trade, have been hit hard by a sharp drop in their sales, insiders said.
Beef is selling at Tk 480 to Tk 520 a kg, marking 18.3 per cent to 26.3 per cent surge in Dhaka, according to Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB).
Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM) data showed the hike at 16.0 per cent to 28.6 per cent in rural markets.
In the case of red meat price,  the hike is 22.74 per cent to 27.30 percent. Red meat now sells at Tk 780 to Tk 800 a kg and at Tk 650 to Tk 700 a kg.
Talking with the traders during visiting different city markets the reporter found that sales of red meat has dropped  by 35-40 per cent due to increasing price.
Meat trader Emdad Uddin of Kaptan Bazar said, "I used to sell nearly 100 kg of red meat worth Tk 70,000 -Tk 75,000  every day. It is now  65-70 kg worth Tk 52,000 to Tk 56,000 a day."   
"I have three employees. If this trend continues, I have to say goodbye to two of them," he said.
Bangladesh Meat Merchants Association (BMMA) President Golam Martuza Montu pointed out that most of the traders in the city have to pay Tk 2,500-Tk 3,500  per cow against government's rate of Tk 70. He said the commerce ministry assured them of a solution, but there is no development.
Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman of  the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science under Dhaka University said the country's per head daily intake of protein is only 26 grams against 68 grams.
According to the Department of Livestock Service (DLS), the country needs more than 6.5 million cows annually for consumption when domestic supply is 5.6 to 5.8 million.
Prices of coarse rice has gone all-time high with Tk 48 per kg at the bottom on Friday, forcing limited and fixed income groups to bear the brunt, sources said.
Swarna rice was selling at Tk 46 to 48 per kg, according to the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) and Department of Agricultural Marketing (DAM).
The variety witnessed an 11.6 per cent hike just in two weeks and nearly 38.0 per cent surge in six months in the city, said Tauhid Md Rashed Khan, an assistant director of DAM.
Of fishes, cat fish was selling  at Tk 600 to 750, cultivated cat fish (Shing) at Tk 450- 550 per kg, barbell (cultivated) at Tk 500 to 700, butter fish at Tk 250 to 300,
sheat (boal) was selling at Tk 550 to 700 per kg, lobster at Tk 500 to 650 kg, shrimp (river) at Tk 400 -550, puti at Tk 250 per kg, cultivated koi at Tk 140 to 180 per kg, fali Chanda (Rupchanda) at Tk 750 to 800 per kg, walking fish (shoal) at Tk 500 per kg, lata fish at Tk 200 to 250 and Eel at Tk 600 per kg, batashi at Tk 450 to 550 per kg, koi (river) at Tk 450, Aire fish at Tk 500 to 600 per kg, pabda at Tk 600, Ek-thota (Kaitta fish) at Tk 350 to Tk 400, baila at Tk 500 to 700, coral fish at Tk 550 kg, river pangas at Tk 350 per kg, cultivated pangas at Tk 130 per kg, Rajputi at Tk 300 per kg, Telapia at Tk  140  to Tk 200 per kg, ruhit at Tk 250 to Tk 380 per kg, medium  size carp (katol) at Tk 230 -360 per kg.
Of the vegetables, brinjal was selling  at Tk 40 to 50 per kg, tomato at Tk 45 to 50, Sajina at Tk 80 per kg,  potato at Tk 20 to 25, cucurbitaceous at Tk 60 to 70, Tk carrot at Tk 40 to 50, bitter gourd at Tk 40 to 50, cucumber at Tk 30 to 40, spone gourd at Tk 60 to 70,  green papaya at Tk 45 to 50, french at Tk 60 to 70, snake gourd at Tk 40 to 50, okra at Tk 40, pumpkin (medium size) at Tk 50 to 60 per piece, bottle gourd at Tk 40 to 50, ash gourd at Tk 35 to 45 per piece, cauliflower at 30 to 35 per piece, coriander leaves at Tk 220 per kg, green chilli at 60 to 70 kg, capsicum (red) at Tk 250 per kg and capsicum (green) at Tk 200 to 220 per kg. Lemon was selling at Tk seven to eight per piece.
Salt and sugar prices surged by Tk 2.0-Tk 5.0 a kg, while chickpeas by Tk 5.0-Tk 10 a kg and green peas (khesari) by Tk 15 a kg in last one and half weeks. Palm oil prices have increased by Tk 3.0-Tk 4.0 a litre during the period.  Onion was selling at Tk 27 to 32 per kg , garlic at Tk 100 to 120 and  the imported one at Tk 180-Tk 190 per kg, ginger at Tk 90 to 100 per kg. Rupchanda, a brand of Bangladesh Edible Oil Ltd (BOEL) was selling at Tk 107 (1 litre), Tk 212 (2 litres) and Tk 530 (five litres).
The price of chicken was Tk 165-Tk 170 per kg and of layer Tk 185-Tk 195 per kg on Friday. Indigenous chicken was sold at Tk 390-Tk 420 per kg while Pakistani variety was traded for Tk 240-Tk 270 per kg.

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