The government is considering building more wholesale food markets around Dhaka

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“Our goal is to take action so that farmers can make a profit by selling crops and city dwellers can also benefit. We want to build up the markets to facilitate unloading at the entrances of Dhaka for the cargo vehicles coming from the north, south and east of the country.”

TBS report

Jul 20, 2022 at 5:15 p.m

Last modified: July 20, 2022, 5:19 pm

A vendor waits at his stalls with fresh lemons, essential for the summer and the approaching Ramadan. But even lemons could no longer find buyers at the Karwanbazar vegetable market. Photo: Mumit M/TBS

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A vendor waits at his stalls with fresh lemons, essential for the summer and the approaching Ramadan. But even lemons could no longer find buyers at the Karwanbazar vegetable market. Photo: Mumit M/TBS

Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Minister Md Tajul Islam said today that wholesale food markets will be built in convenient locations around Dhaka to easily transport vegetables, fish and other commodities coming into the city from different parts of the country to distribute.

He said this after inspecting Jatrabari Wholesale Market along with Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh on Wednesday (July 20).

The minister said: “Our aim is to take action so that farmers can make a profit by selling crops and city dwellers can also benefit from it. We want to build up the markets to facilitate the cargo vehicles from the north, south and east country to unload at the entrances of Dhaka.”

The minister said he would talk to mayors and city officials about building the markets.

Md Tajul Islam said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued instructions to bring kitchen markets in the capital under proper management. The kitchen markets should be set up so that the goods from all parts of the country can be delivered from the designated wholesale market to the capital’s retail markets and people can buy these products at affordable prices.

He said that due to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s determined spirit, the Padma Bridge has already been put into operation. Since the vast, previously neglected southern region has been linked to Dhaka, many products including vegetables and fish can now be shipped to Dhaka. This means farmers get the right price and consumers get fresh produce.

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