Dhaka, Oct. 16 -- Many more essential food items, including flour, chickens, egg, fish, onion, vegetables and ginger, became dearer last week further battering the commoners, already hit hard by the price hike of staple rice and other food items last month.

Prices of wheat flour, both coarse atta and finer flour (maida) increased by Tk 2.0-3.0 per kilogram in the city. Maximum retail price (MRP) of loose atta reached Tk 58 and loose maida Tk 66 a kg on Saturday.

MRP of packet atta and maida of different brands remained at their previous highs of Tk 65 and Tk 75 a kg respectively.

Gaji Sohel Rana, a grocer at Townhall Bazar at Mohammadpur in the city said the loose coarse atta and maida got costlier in the last 7 days.

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