RAJSHAHI, Apr 12: Price of the silvery, national fish 'Hilsa' is on increase in the markets of the district ahead of Pahela Boishakh, Bangla New Year.
Market sources said despite a fall in price of all other varieties of fishes during the last couple of weeks, the price of Hilsa is continually increasing. Fishermen and fish traders in the city, however, said Pahela Boishakh is the main reason of such abnormal price hike of Hilsa.
They said people are purchasing the fish even at a sky-rocketing price and were storing those in their refrigerators for consuming those to celebrate festival.
Some fish traders in Shaheb Bazar area of the city said Hilsas which are being sold in Rajshahi have been procured from the cold storages. Those were stored in various cold storages of the country last year aiming at selling before Pahela Baishakh.
A piece of Hisha (weighing 400 grams to 900 grams) is being sold at Tk 600 to Tk 900 while this week the same are being sold at Tk 700 to Tk 1,200. The traders said Hilsa price is likely to increase further in next two days.
Besides, the city fish markets were dull on Wednesday morning. Abul Hashem, a fish trader at Sagorpara fish market said canals, beels and ponds of the district are being drying up due to absence of rainfall and that is why there was a huge catch of local varieties of fishes. He said, many traders were seen to stay at their shops with fishes until late afternoon and finding not enough customers, they were being forced to sell those fish at a throwaway price.
The small assorted fishes in the city markets were being sold at Tk 100 to Tk 500 per kg. The local varieties of Singh, Magur and Koi were being sold at Tk 600 to Tk 700 per kg. Ruhi and Katla were sold at Tk 150 to Tk 300, silver carp at Tk 100 to Tk 180 and pangas at Tk 130 per kg.
Market sources said the beef was being sold at Tk 440 to Tk 450, mutton at Tk 600 to Tk 700, the local chicken at Tk 300, broiler at Tk 145, Sonali cock at Tk 220.
Egg was being at Tk 28 to Tk 30 per four. The price of lentil was being sold at Tk 70 to Tk 90, gram at Tk 80, mungbean at Tk 90 to Tk 110 and achor daal at Tk 36 to Tk 40 per kg.
The vegetables market prices in the city, however, registered a rise. The tomato was selling at Tk 20 to Tk 30, potato at Tk 12 to Tk 15, brinjal at Tk 25, potal at Tk 30, carrot at Tk 30, papaya at Tk 15, sweet gourd at Tk 20, bottle gourd at Tk 15 to Tk 25 per piece, onion at Tk 20, lady's finger at Tk 30, bitter gourd and green chilli were sold at Tk 40 per kg.
Prices of all sort of rice were being sold at Tk 36 to Tk 50 per kg.