Download: Bangladesh National Fish Hilsa price increasing for Bangla New Year 1420

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As Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Bangla New Year 1420, is nearing, price of hilsa has become more than double in a fortnight. Hilsa weighing 1 kg and above are now in high demand in the fish market.
Shukkur Ali, a hilsa trader in the capital's Karwan Bazar, said he sold a piece of hilsa weighing 1.2 kg for Tk 3,000 and 1.5 kg for Tk 4,000 yesterday. They were sold for Tk 1,200-1,300 and Tk 1,800 respectively 15 days ago.
However, prices of smaller hilsa did not change much over the same period.
"Demand for big hilsa is high, but its supply is low," Shukkur added.
He collected big hilsa several days ago from different fishing wharves and stored those, anticipating the high demand for hilsa ahead of Pahela Baishakh.
Fish traders are also bidding high prices for hilsa at the fishing wharves.
Contacted, Jakir Hossain, a hilsa wholesaler at Parerhaat Fishing Wharf in Pirojpur, said he was selling hilsa weighing more than 1 kg for over Tk 2,000 a piece and those under 1 kg for Tk 1,500-1,800. Hilsas weighing between 500 and 800 grams were being sold at Tk 1,200 a piece.
As the demand for hilsa is on the rise, illegal netting of the fish has increased in the Meghna and Tetulia rivers in Bhola, a report from Bhola added.