Saturday, November 27

Digha catch may reduce hilsa price

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A week ago, hilsa from Diamond Harbour had hit city markets. On Tuesday, the first catch of hilsa reached the Digha Mohona wholesale fish market with the offloading of two tons of Bengalis’ favourite fish from fishing trawlers that docked at the Digha coast in the morning.
Over the last one week, the price of hilsa in the city markets like Gariahat and Manicktala has been steep. Consumers have been shelling out Rs 850 a kg for hilsa weighing 500-700 grams.

The price of hilsa weighing 700-800 grams is Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500 for hilsa weighing 1kg to 1,200 grams. So far, the catch from Diamond Harbour has yielded only a small quantity of hilsa in the 700-800gram weight category and an even smaller amount in the 1kg to 1,200 gram category.

“Bad weather is coming in the way of supply of hilsa in city markets,” said Amar Das, a fish trader and fish market secretary of Lake market.

“The price of hilsa is too high and the size of the fish on sale is also very small,” said Sampriti Sarkar, a buyer at Gariahat market.

All this may soon change. “The average size of the 2-ton catch that arrived on Tuesday, weighs between 800 grams and 1 kg,” said Shyam Sundar Das, Digha Sankarpur Fishermen and Fish Traders’ Associaton secretary.

Those in the trade are now hoping that the increased supply would pill down the price.

Source:Times of India

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