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Although the supply of hilsa fish has increased in Kalapara Alipur-Mahipur markets of Patuakhali, the price has not decreased. After the 22-day ban, the price of hilsa has dropped to Tk 200-400 per kg. Since the ban on hilsa fishing was lifted on November 2, fishermen have happily sold fish after the blockade at the fishing port. But the exception was the fish selling hijras calling for the role of chieftain. Buyers are also happily buying fish from them.
It has been seen on the ground that in Kalapara upazila’s second fishing port, Alipur, Mohipur, and Kuakata, Bablatla market is still selling 1 kg of hilsa for Tk 1,300, and 1 kg of 400 grams of hilsa is selling for 1,700 Tk. 500 to 700-800 grams of hilsa per kg between 600 and 1000 taka, the market is full of hilsa. The sellers say that after the ban, the price of hilsa fish has decreased from Tk 200 to Tk 400 per kg. They said that the price will decrease further. However, even though the price has decreased, the hilsa fish is still beyond the reach of low-income people. Alamin, a local electronic trader in Mahipur, said, ‘I have bought about 6 kg of hilsa fish. This fish weighing 1 kg 300 grams took 1550 taka per kg.
- After lifting the ban, the price of hilsa fish has decreased from Tk 200 to Tk 400 per kg.
- Even though the price has decreased, hilsa remains beyond the reach of low-income people.
- Fishermen will benefit if they are able to market it, hope that the price of fish will decrease further, the trader of Mahipur fishing port.
Buyer Riaz said, ‘I came to the market after hearing the news that the price of fish has decreased. The market is filled with hilsa fish. But the sellers are not reducing the price compared to that. I bought it because it was a little less than before, I will store it in the fridge and eat it.
Talked to the driver Abubakar Mia in Alipur market. He said, ‘We cannot afford to buy hilsa fish. Earning Tk 400 to Tk 500 per day, he said, “With this money, we manage a family of four with difficulty. We have to taste the Hilsa by eating Chandana Hilsa at a low price.
Mohipur fishing port businessman Mahtab Howladar said, ‘Hilsha supply is good. Fishermen will benefit if marketed properly. Earlier I used to sell fish weighing 1 kg 200 grams from Tk 1700-1800. Now sell for 1400 taka.’ After increasing the supply of fish, the number of buyers in the market has also increased, he said, ‘I have sold 100 kg of hilsa fish today. Supply will increase. This will further reduce the price of fish.’
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