PV Online Report : Wholesale rice prices are still high. In the last one week, the price of almost all types of rice has gone up to Tk 150 per bag. However, the price of beti atap and thick cooked rice has not increased.
Rice storekeepers say that in our country, when new paddy grows in the house of a farmer, the price of rice decreases. But the last two or three years have been exceptional. This is because many industrial groups are stockpiling paddy and rice and marketing it in different packages. As a result, there was a crisis in the supply of paddy and rice in the market. Even three years ago, the average price of paddy was 500 to 600 taka per quintal. At present it has exceeded a thousand.
A search of Chaktai’s Chalpatti and Pahartali in the city’s rice warehouses revealed that the effect of the increase in paddy prices has been to increase the price of 50 kg sacks of rice from a minimum of Tk 100 to a maximum of Tk 150 in the last one week. The only stable prices are beti atap and thick boiled rice. According to the rice warehouse keepers, in the last one week, the price of germinated sacks has gone up by Tk 100 and now it is being sold at Tk 3,000. Besides, Miniket boiled has increased by Tk 100 to Tk 2,450, Paijam Siddha has increased by Tk 150 to Tk 2,200, Kataribhog boiled has increased by Tk 100 to Wholesale rice prices are still high 3,200, Kataribhog Atap has been increased by Tk 300 per bag to Tk 3,350 and Miniket Atap 150. The price is being increased by Tk 2,650 and pajamas are being sold at Tk 2,350 and gold is being sold at Tk 2,350.
On the other hand, the price of beti atap and thick boiled rice has remained unchanged. At present beti atap is being sold at Tk 2,400 and coarse cooked rice at Tk 1,650. When asked, SM Nizam Uddin, general secretary of Pahartali Merchants’ Association, said, “We do not see any signs of decline in the rice market.”