Price of hilsa goes up
Published : Saturday, 8 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 110
Prices of hilsa have increased with the production slumping even though it is now the peak season in the southern region.
Trader put the blame for the price hike on five reasons: river pollution, negative impacts of climate change, sandbars and river taming that has caused a lack of stream in rivers.
Due to those five reasons hilsa fish are not available in the rivers this time around, they said.
But the tasty treat of hilsa is abundant in markets across the county. These hilsa fish were caught from the sea, they added.
Anwar Hossain Gazi, a member of Chandpur Fisheries Cooperative Society told the Daily Observer: "Hilsas are now being trafficked into Bangladesh from India. There is no fish in our river but in the Indian sea they are getting a lot of hilsas.
"Fishermen in India's Digha and Diamond Harbor areas are catching hilsas in abundance," he added.
He said hilsa is less tasty when it is caught from the sea but it is more savory as they travel their way back to river decreasing salt in their system making them tastier while the sea hilsa contains more salt reducing its taste.
Abdul Alim, a fish trader of the Hatirpool Kitchen market in the capital told the Daily Observer that hilsa supply reduced by 50 per cent last year. For this reason, the price of hisla is higher this year.
While visiting different kitchen markets in the capital on Friday this correspondent found a large hilsa weighing one kg was selling at Tk 1,500 to Tk 2000 while a small hilsa weighing 700 gram retailing at Tk800 to Tk 1000.
In July, a hilsa weighing one kg was selling at Tk 800 to Tk 1000 while a 700-800 gram one was sold at Tk 500 to Tk 600. The price is, however, changing every day.
Before 15 day, a 1000 gram hilsa was sold at Tk 1000 to Tk 1200, a 700 gram one at Tk 500 to Tk 600 and the one weighing around 600 gram was selling at Tk 500 to Tk 700.
Shibu Das, a hisla trader in Chandpur district said: "The prices have risen due to low supply, taxation and high demand, among other reasons."
According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, 60 per cent of the world's total hilsa is produced in Bangladesh while 12 per cent of the fish caught in Bangladesh rivers contribute one percent of the our gross domestic production (GDP).
Meanwhile, the prices of eggs, onion, broiler chicken and green chili decreased due to huge supply this week in the capital.
On the other hand, the prices of China ginger suddenly increased in the kitchen market. The prices of rice, vegetable and other essential commodities have remained stable after Eid-ul Azha.
Fish prices remained unchanged. Rohita was selling at Tk 250 to Tk 320 a kg, Katla at Tk 200 to Tk 300 a kg, Pangas at Tk 120 to Tk 180 a kg and Tilapia at Tk 150 to Tk 180 a kg.
On Friday, green chili was being sold for Tk 50 to Tk 60 per kg, a step down from the Tk 145 to Tk 150.
The egg was selling at Tk 28 to Tk 30 per hali (4 pieces) on Friday.
Brinjil was selling at Tk 50 to Tk 60 a kg, bitter gourds at Tk 45 to Tk50 a kg, cucumber at Tk 40 to Tk 50 a kg, bottle gourds at Tk 40 to Tk 45 a piece, okra at Tk 50 a kg, papaya at Tk 30. Potato was selling at Tk 20 a kg on Friday.
Pointed gourd was being sold for Tk 40 to Tk 50 per kg. Gourd and pumpkin were being sold for Tk40 apiece.
Beef was sold at Tk 480 to Tk 500 a kg in different kitchen markets, while mutton at Tk 700 to Tk 750 a kg last week.
The price of broiler chicken was Tk 130 to Tk 140 a kg, while the locally-bred hens were selling at Tk 320 a kg.