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Vegetables' price up in Chattogram markets

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Chattogram Bureau :

Price of vegetables in Chattogram city's kitchen markets have soared in the last few days. Vegetable traders said the main reason behind the price hike is the incessant rainfall in the city that led to a shortage of supply.
While visiting different kitchen markets in No-2 Gate and Kazir Dewry areas, Reazuddin Bazar, Chowkbazar  and Karnaphuli Complex Market in Chattogram and found more or less the same price for vegetables in all the markets.
Md Sahabuddin, a vegetable trader at Karnaphuli Complex Market, said for most vegetables, prices have been increased by Tk 10 due to a shortage of supply.
Mohammad Ibrahim of Khadija Traders at Karnaphuli Complex Market said the incessant rain led to the shortage of supply. Due to heavy rainfall, goods did not arrive on time, he said. Mohammad Kashem, a rickshaw puller, questioned how he would be able to feed his family if the prices do not go down.
The rising prices of vegetables and pulses have been a serious concern in Chattogram homes in recent days. The sky-rocketing prices of vegetables and pulses have made an average middle class family think twice before buying or consuming them.
Why the prices of pulses and vegetables are increasing at a continuous pace in Chattogram? It is not due to a poor harvest or a bad monsoon.
Experts say that rise in essential food items in Chattogram is primarily because of the increasing commodity prices abroad, increase in fuel prices and fertilizers, which in turn affect the local produce by increasing input costs. With an increase in population, there is also an increase in the demand for vegetables and pulses. Increase in population has also led to increased urbanization. Manufacturing, energy and service industries are all competing for land, water and human resources. With less availability of land, the prices for agricultural land are rising, leading to increased costs of agriculture produce.
The rising prices of vegetables and pulses have been a serious concern in Chattogram homes in recent days.
The sky-rocketing prices of vegetables and pulses have made an average middle class family think twice before buying or consuming them.
Why the prices of pulses and vegetables are increasing at a continuous pace in Chattogram? It is not due to a poor harvest or a bad monsoon. 

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