Bangladesh, March 15 -- Chicken, onion and other vegetables became pricier again last week increasing sufferings of the commoners further.

Onion witnessed upward trend in its price two weeks back and it continued to be costlier until Thursday, the last day of the week.

Local varieties of onion was sold at Tk 30-35 per kilogram at retail markets on the day and the imported one at Tk 26-30 - a 15-per cent increase in the last seven days and 40 per cent in a couple of weeks.

Insiders said, big traders were seen hurrying to hoard onion in the last two weeks ostensibly with the view to making a windfall profit in the holy month of Ramadan, beginning from the first week of May.

Belal Hossain, a grocer at Zafrabad in the capital, said local on...