The first catch of hilsa is set to hit city markets on Friday morning, a sliver of silver amid the Covid gloom.
The first catch of 40 tonne of hilsa arrived at the Nagendra Bazar wholesale fish market at Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas on Thursday.
Last year, the total hilsa supply to Kolkata was far from being adequate. Moreover, hilsa lovers did not get the right taste of their favourite fish. After a long wait, Kolkatans now look forward to tasty hilsa in adequate supply.
Lake Market fish trader Amal Das said, “The fish market has seen very poor business since the lockdown. There was little or no supply of sea fish. We heard that the first catch of hilsa has arrived in Diamond Harbour. Some of our regular customers had come to know about it even before. They have been calling us with requests to keep hilsa aside for them when it reaches the market. It is evident that the demand for hilsa will be high if the supply reaches our market on Friday.”
Wholesale fish trader in Diamond Harbour, Partha Kuti, said, “This catch marks the start of the hilsa season this year. There is tremendous demand for hilsa. But the size of the fish in the first catch is not too big with the weight ranging from 600g to 1kg. The wholesale price of hilsa weighing 600-700 grams is Rs 750 per kilogram while the price of the fish weighing 800g-900g is about Rs 950 per kilogram.
Fishermen’s Association secretary Bijon Maity said, “Some 3,000 fishing trawlers had gone out to sea after the ban on fishing was lifted on June 15. After a day out in the sea, they had encountered bad weather that forced a few trawlers to return. However, the sea is less polluted due to the lockdown. The catch should be significantly higher this year.”
SDO Diamond Harbour Sukanta Saha visited the wholesale market on Thursday and asked everyone to maintain hygiene standards and social distancing.
Source:Times of India