The price of hilsa fish has come down due to better supply and production as hilsa is caught in large numbers in the sea and the prices are good, warehouses as well as seasonal retailers started selling hilsa.
Common people are happy over hilsa fish price and availability at kitchen market and even roadside across the country. They are buying hilsa fish at wholesale price from the warehouse and fish market.
Moving around some raw markets in the capital on Tuesday, this reporter found that the price of hilsa fish has come down due to better supply and production.
According to traders, fishermen are catching a lot of hilsa fish in the river and in the sea. So the supply is high. Hilsa fish is now available at a much lower price than at any other time.
According to a search in different markets of the capital, hilsa fish weighing one kg is being sold at a price of Tk 850 to 900 per kg. Hilsa weighing 750 to 800 grams is being sold at 600 to 750 taka per kg. And hilsa weighing 500 grams is being sold at 400 to 450 taka.
In Tuesday morning morning, it was seen that buyers are happy as not only in the markets, the hilsa fish is even being sold in vans in the alleyways of Dhaka at low prices. Small fish traders are waiting in the alleyways for the buyers with baskets of hilsa. They said that the sales are going well even though the buyer gathering is less.
Abul Mia, a small trader who sells hilsa fish at Katalbagan Bazar in the capital, told that, “hilsa has been caught a lot this year. The price of hilsa is also good. So I am selling hilsa.”
He said it was raining since morning, the buyers were less but the sales are good.
However, in the current 2019-2020 financial year, the production of hilsa fsh in the country is likely to be 5 lakh metric tonnes. 5 lakh 33 thousand metric tonnes of hilsa has been produced in 2018-2019 financial year. The deadline for catching Jhatka from the country’s rivers was April 30.
According to a data, hilsa production in the country in the last financial year was 5 lakh 33 thousand metric tonnes. Where in the financial year 2002-2003 the production of Hilsa was 1 lakh 99 thousand metric tonnes.
It is expected to increase to 5 lakh 50 thousand metric tonnes in the current financial year and hilsa production will increase in the next 5 years. However, hilsa production has increased more than two and a half times in a decade and a half.
The chief scientific officer of The Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) of Chandpur, Dr Anisur Rahman, who is also a renowned hilsa researcher of the country, said that the government is likely to increase the production of hilsa through various measures including ban on catching Jhatka and stopping hilsa catching during breeding season.
He said, “this time, this time the fish is delicious and large size fish is being extracted more. Fishermen are also getting better prices. There is a lot of demand in the market also.”