Fish prices pick up as traders blame supply shortage

Dhaka,  Wed,  20 September 2017
Published : 16 Mar 2017, 21:41:07
Weekly Kitchen Market

Fish prices pick up as traders blame supply shortage

FE Report

Prices of fish and vegetables further increased last week raising the woes of consumers, said traders.      

Beef and mutton prices remained static maintaining the previous high, while local garlic showed a slight decline in the last seven days, they said.  

Prices of both farm and indigenous fish increased significantly in a week and traders blamed it for supply shortage.

Fish including Hilsa, Shing, Magur, Golsha, Shoal, Pabda, Tengra, Bali, Puti, Kajoli, Batashi, cultured Koi, Pangasea, and Carp varieties witnessed a Tk 30-Tk 150 hike at a kg.

Shoal was sold at Tk 450-Tk 600, Pabda at Tk 750-Tk 1,100, Tengra at Tk 550-Tk 600, Shing and Magur at Tk 600-Tk 850 a kg depending on their size on Thursday-a Tk 50 to Tk 150 hike in a week.

Price of Hilsa also witnessed a hike by Tk 50-Tk 100 a piece or at a kg in the last seven days.

Cultured Koi was sold at Tk 180-Tk 220 based on size-a Tk 30 hike in a week.

Md Monir Hossain, a fish trader at Mirpur Section 2 Kitchen Market, told the FE that the supply of fish declined significantly after a low catch in rivers, haors, and beels.

"Shoal was sold at Tk 300-Tk 450 a kg at Mawoa Ghat in Munshiganj a week back, which increased to Tk 400-Tk 500 on Thursday morning," he said.

Bangladesh Fish Traders Association president Md Golam Mortuza told the FE that the government has imposed ban on fishing in big five sanctuaries and its adjacent places under its week-long Jatka Conservation Programme, which is the key reason behind the hike in river fish prices.

He also pointed out that the peak season for fishing of indigenous fish has been ending, which is also responsible for price spike.   

He said the recent hike in meat prices was also a reason behind the uptrend in many fish prices.

Prices of cauliflower, cabbage, brinjal, carrot, radish, chilli, lemon and leafy increased by Tk 2 to 10 a kg or piece or bunch.

Brinjal was sold at Tk 40-Tk 60 a kg depending on quality.

Early summer vegetables also hit the markets at high prices.  Ridge gourd, sponge gourd were sold between Tk 50 and Tk 60 a kg.

Price of potato witnessed a Tk 2-Tk 5 hike at a kg.  Granola and diamond varieties of potato were sold at Tk 16-Tk 18 and local red (desi) at Tk 25-Tk 30 a kg.

However, local garlic was sold at Tk 80-Tk100 a kg at retail-a Tk 10 reduction in the last seven days, thanks to an increase in the supply after ongoing harvesting, said traders.   

Maintaining their previous high, beef and mutton were sold at Tk 480-Tk 500 and Tk 750-Tk 800 a kg across the week.
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