Hilsa not exhorbitant

Hilsa not exhorbitant

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Dhaka, April 13 – A good supply and relatively lower demand of national fish Hilsa is less than the previous year but other fishes shot up further on the eve of Pahela Baishakh. The Bengali New Year’s Day will be celebrated on Saturday amid great festivity in the country.Vendors said this year the price of Hilsa is less than previous year’s but on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, demand for the fish in the market increasing so we have been forced to raise the prices of hilsa and other fishes per kg. The price of hilsa will be decreased within one or two weeks.
In the capital’s kitchen market, including Karwan Bazar, Prices of Hilsa continued to increase from last week but not more than previous year. Traders said Hilsa that weighs around 800 to 900 grams was being sold for Tk. 1400 to Tk. 1,800. The price of a hilsa weighing more than 1 kg costs around Tk. 2,000 to Tk. 2,500. A medium-sized hilsa was being sold for Tk. 550–Tk. 900 last week.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, last year, urged the people not to consume only Hilsa on Pahela Baishakh, to reduce its demand, and rather celebrates the day also with other food items.
According to trading corporation of Bangladesh, About one-fifth of Hilsha’s annual demand is made in April; make its price to surge by around 80-90 percent. However, in this year, the price is slightly lower than the usual due to an increased supply, including from the neigbouring country Myanmar, said sources.
The prices of most other varieties of fish also recorded increases compared to Tk. 70-150 a kg last two weeks. Indigenous rui sold at Tk. 550 to Tk. 800 a kg, depending on the size of the particular fish. Prices of dry fish also saw a hike by Tk. 80 to Tk. 120 a kg. Prices of butter fish is Tk. 600-650. Barbell fish is being sold at Tk. 450-550. Tilapia fish is being sold at TK. 200.
Buyers claimed that in order to book some extra profits every year, traders store hilsa on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh and hike the price of the fish. As a result, an artificial shortage of hilsa is created in the market, and the price also increases.
Meanwhile, prices of beef and other meats also increased further, which remained stable for the last few weeks. Beef is being sold at Tk 480-Tk 530 a kg.
Poultry chicken prices increased further last week. Broiler Chicken was sold at Tk. 145 to Tk. 150 and local variety of chicken at Tk 420-450 a kg and Pakistani variety at Tk 240-280 a kg.
The prices of summer vegetables and some spices also increased compared to last week.
Prices of chili increased double compared to last week. Chili is being sold at Tk. 80-100 which was Tk. 30 last week. Prices of eggs have gone up sharply in the kitchen markets. The item was selling at Tk. 30–32 a ‘hali’.
Onions were being sold for Tk. 27–28 per kg and imported, mostly Indian, onions for Tk. 30 a kg.- Staff Reporter

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