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Hilsa prices decreases in Barishal

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BARISHAL: Hilsa being sold at low prices in markets as huge hilsa being netted in the sea .This picture was taken from Barishal Port Road whole-sale market yesterday.

Barishal Correspondent :
Huge hilsa fishes are  being netted at sea and Barishal Port Road whole-sale fish market is flooded with fish   decreasing price.
Visiting the market on Wednesday and Thursday,  this correspondent  found that more  than fifty fishing trawlers carrying hilsa netted from Bhola coastal area anchored at Barishal Port Road Hilsa Mokam.
Those hilsa were netted from Bay of Bengal coast and Meghna river estuary and making the price competitively cheaper than last year of same season.
Nirob Hossain Tutul, secretary of `Port Road Matso Arotdar Samittee' said daily average 2500 mounds  of hilsa fish netted in the sea came to this market. Most of the hilsa fish were 500-600 grams and due to huge supply at a time, price of hilsa also came down comparatively with same time of previous year.
Nirob Hossain Tutul said,  labourers  and traders of hilsa fishes are  now busy to pack with ice for sending those Dhaka, Chattrogram and other districts of the country.
Now hilsa price in going from Tk 19 to 23 thousand per mound of 600-900 grams weight netted from sea and it was Tk 35-36 thousand per mound for hilsa netted from sweet water local rivers, he added.
He also acknowledged that supply of hilsa netted from local sweet water rivers were less and so its price was higher than huge hilsa netted from the sea more than a week ago. Because hilsa netted from sweet water local rivers were more tasty and fresh.
Bimal Chandra Das, District Fisheries Officer (Hilsa), said mother hilsa entered in sweet water rivers returned to salty sea after spawning.
Hilsa fries (Jatka) also started journey to sea after becoming matured. Round the year restrictions against netting and marketing Jatka causes increase of hilsa-wealth. But due to rough weather prevailing on the sea barred fishermen go there for fishing, he added.
Rashid Majhi of Bhola coastal area said this year raining starts late, but netting amount of hilsa was satisfactory. However huge netting caused dropping of price.
Samad Majhi, another hilsa trader of Charfession coast of Bhola, also expressing same views said if weather condition would become better, then netting of more hilsa would be possible.
Awal Majhi of same coast, said with 13 crews and fishermen staying at sea for a week they netted huge hilsa, but after reaching at Barishal market, falling price made him disappointed.
Now I  feel anxiety not about amount of profit, but about recovery of costing, he added.
On the other hand,  hilsa fish trader Bazlu Mia of Mohipur fishing port under Kalapara coastal upazila of Patuakhali, said they also netting huge hilsa from Kuakata coast came Barishal market by road on truck for getting better price.
But this attempt also failed to make them happy and now thinking to preserve those supply with ice for getting more price in near future.
Retail hilsa trader Akbor Hossain said hilsa fish is a perishable item and huge supply at a time dropped the price.
Yunus Mia, a worker at Port Road Hilsa mokum, said now they became very busy for clearing huge supply of hilsa and so have no time for passing in gossip or playing cards.

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