Good harvest of Hilsa helped drag down the prices of the delicacy, market operators have said.
Prices of delicious Hilsa came down to Tk 250-Tk 400 a kg (500 gramme-900 gramme) and Tk 400-Tk 800 (1.0 kilogram-plus) a kg from Tk 400-Tk 600 and Tk 800-Tk 1,200 one and a half weeks back.
Md Shahedul, a caretaker of a house at Borobag, Mirpur Section-2, bought three Hilsas at Tk 450 from the kitchen market.
Md Monirul Alam, a fish trader at the same market, told the FE that Mawa Ghat, Karwan Bazar and Showarighat wholesales are buzzing with Hilsa.
He said that Hilsas weighing 800-900 gramme are being traded at Tk 35,000-Tk 36,000 a quintal (100 kg), which was Tk 50,000-52,000 two weeks back.
Chief scientific officer at Chandpur Fisheries Research Institute Anisur Rahman said the collection of Hilsa was poor in July-August, which started increasing significantly from the second week of September.
He said the government's programme to conserve Jatka (baby Hilsa) and mother Hilsa and rehabilitate fishermen helped increase production.
He, however, expressed concern over the good catch of mother Hilsa this month.
Meanwhile, the government's upcoming ban on Hilsa fishing will be effective from October 12 for three weeks to save mother Hilsa.
Market observers said the government's ban on exports also put a positive impact on the market besides good collection.
Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) secretary Humayun Kabir Bhuyian said the decline in prices of fish like Hilsa could give poor consumers "some sort of relief", who are suffering from the hike in commodities, such as sugar, salt, edible oil, rice and vegetables.
He called for continuing the ban on exports of Hilsa to keep the prices of fish within the reach of poor consumers.