The commerce ministry yesterday banned exports of six vegetable items in a bid to curb prices in the month of Ramadan.
The ban on aubergine, garlic, cucumber, green chilli, lemon and coriander leaves will end on July 31, the ministry said in a statement.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed took the decision at a meeting with businessmen at his secretariat office in Dhaka.
The minister said the government will take punitive actions against the businessmen who will try to make hefty profits during Ramadan putting the consumers under price pressure.
Ahmed said 14 teams will monitor the supply and price situation of basic commodities in kitchen markets in the city.
“The government has already taken a special measure to increase onion supply in the market through imports from Myanmar and Turkey.”
The minister instructed the businessmen to hang the price lists of basic commodities in front of the shops making them visible to the consumers.
The traders will have to give receipts to the buyers, Ahmed said.