Legal action continues against onion hoarders: Tipu

legal actions are being taken against some dishonest traders involved with

illegal hoarding of onion to earn windfall profits.

Despite having sufficient stock, we are importing onion in alternative

ways. But, some unscrupulous traders are trying to take advantage of the

situation, he said while talking to journalists at his Central Road

residence in the city.

He reiterated that the onion reserves are sufficient in the country and

taking of legal actions continue against those who are illegally stocking the

daily essential commodity.

The present government has taken a firm stance to ensure fair price of

onion in local markets. Ten teams are working in the fields to carry out the

directions, he said.

The Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) is currently selling onion at

Taka 45 per kilogram at 45 points in the capital city.

Steps are being taken so that the TCB could start selling onion in

Rangpur soon to ensure its fair prices, Tipu added. Joint General Secretary

of district Awami League (AL) Professor Mazed Ali Babul, leaders and workers

of the district and city units AL and its associate bodies were present on

the occasion.

Meanwhile, onion price marked a sharp fall by Taka 20 to Taka 30 per

kilogram at City Bazar Kitchen Market and other markets in the city since

Saturday than last week following various pragmatic steps and legal actions

taken by the government.

We are selling locally produced onion at rates between Taka 75 and Taka 80

per kilogram while imported Indian onion are being sold at rates between Taka

65 and Taka 70 per kilogram now, said onion retailer Hafizur Rahman at the

market.

Onion was being sold at rates between Taka 90 and Taka 110 per kilogram

last week in the kitchen markets of the city, Hafizur added.

Talking to BSS, vegetable trader at Keranipara Kitchen Market in the city

Fazlur Rahman said, The retail price of locally produced and imported onion

started decreasing during the past three days and this falling trend will

continue.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)