Economic Reporter: Price of hilsa has shot up at kitchen markets across the country, including the capital, due to its high demand ahead of Pahela Baishakh.
Demand for hilsa increases this time every year as a large number of people consider the fish a main part of dishes of the Bengali New Year celebration, traders said.
Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, is celebrated in Bangladesh and some parts of India since the Mughal period and hilsa is being consumed widely on the day.
Eating the fish with water-soaked rice has been an integral part of the New Year celebrations for ages.
Skyrocketing prices of hilsa in the run-up to Pahela Baishakh have become a trend for quite a few years now.
While visiting the fish market in the capital, it was found that hilsa weighing about one kg per piece was selling at Tk 4,000 to 5,000kg, while 500 gram per hali (four pieces) at Tk 1,000-1,500 and 500-700gm per hali at Tk 2,500-2,800.
risingbd/Dhaka/April 12, 2019/Nasir/Mukul