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Barishal enjoys hilsa bonanza, lower prices

MURAD AHMED, Barishal
Barishal enjoys hilsa bonanza, lower prices
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Local markets of Barishal division have been enjoying a huge supply of big hilsa fishes which are being caught in shoals at the peak season, making the mouthwatering fish cheaper.

Hilsa traders demanded export facility to save the netted fishes from being rotten as there is no system for preserving this perishable item here and they do not get satisfactory prices. 

Fishery officials believe that the increase of production of hilsa is the result of regular monitoring and drive against illegal jatka (below than 11 inches hilsa fry) netting.

After visiting Barishal Port Road Hilsa Mokam (wholesale market), which is the biggest wholesale market of hilsa trading in Barishal division, was found that around 2,500 to 3000 mounds hilsa are supplied to the market with an average weight of 900 to 1,500 grams.

Nirab Hossain Tutul, president of` Barisal Matsya Aratdar Samitee, said average 3,000 mounds of hilsa are coming to the market every day.

It is difficult to sell such a large number of hilsa fishes on the local market. There is no storage facilities to preserve the fish and at least some large hilsas should be allowed to be exported, so that fishermen and traders could get fair prices.

According to the Barishal Hilsa Mokam sources, over one kilogram (1100 gram-1500 gram) hilsa was selling at Tk 1,000 to 1,200 while hilsas weighing 600 gram to 900 gram are selling at Tk 800 and small-sized ones were selling at Tk 300 per kilogram.

This price is thirty per cent lower than end of August 2019, said Shahalam, one of the hilsa traders.

We caught 130 mounds fishes from the southern Bay of Bengal.

Most of those were over one kilogram, and some were even over 1,500 to 2,000 gram, said Kabir Majhi of Bhola.

But reaching the mokam we found that prices of big hilsas are lower than our expectation and so we are deprived from getting fair prices, he added.

Hilsa trader Ajit Kumar Das said, “Supply of fish has suddenly increased 3/4 times in recent days. Earlier there were 800/1,000 mounds daily at the mokam, but now that reached 2,500 to 3,000 mounds in recent days”. 

The price is going down and fishes are decaying as there is no cold storage to preserve hilsa. Fishermen and traders will get a fair price if they are permitted to export hilsa, he added.

Azizul Haque, divisional director of fisheries, said that hilsa productions are increasing every year due to the implementation of hilsa protection programme of the government.

Out of the total 5.17 lakh tonnes of hilsa produced in the whole country last year, 3 .29 lakh tonnes of hilsa was caught in Barishal division, he added.

Dr Bimal Chandra Das, district fisheries officer (Hilsa), Barishal, said this year hilsa production may be increased 10-20 per cent in Barishal region.

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