Karwan Bazar kitchen market in the capital on Thursday saw a rapid surge in prices of different vegetables primarily caused by the stricter seven-day lockdown imposed to contain Covid-19 infections in the country.
Buyers and sellers both blamed the ongoing lockdown for the increase in vegetable prices and their low supply.
They said the prices of some vegetables have doubled due to the crisis.
One of the buyers, Limon, said the same papaya that he had bought at Tk20 per kg earlier is now selling at Tk30.
Mohammad Ali Madbar, another buyer at Karwan Bazar said, "The vegetables that I had bought for Tk50 are Tk100 today. Lockdown is already killing us and the price hike will do the rest."
One of the vegetable traders, Md Azizur Rahman claimed that prices for everything at the wholesale market have gone up so they are being forced to sell at a high rate for profit.
"Everything is expensive despite low sales. We had to buy goods at almost double the price," he said.
Md Shamim who sells lemon at the kitchen market said the price of lemon has doubled within a day. "It has gone from Tk20 to Tk40 for four," he said.
Cucumber seller Md Billal resonated with him and said the price of his product has doubled within a day.
Another trader, Abdus Sobhan said the prices of coriander, eggplant, raisin, green chilli and mint leaves have almost doubled as well.