If you are willing to have hilsa on your Pahela Baishakh menu, be ready for your wallet to take a hit. A hilsa weighing 2.2 kilogram was sold at Tk 16,000 at an auction at the wholesale fish market at Mawa, Munshiganj yesterday.
Fishermen netted the hilsa in the Padma near Sureshwar of Shariatpur early yesterday and put it up for sale at the shop of Chhana Ranjan Das.
Buying the fish, trader Goya Nath Das sent it to the capital to make a good profit.
With the Pahela Baishakh, the Bengali new year, just five days away, the prices of hilsa have shot up in the wholesale market.
A pair of hilsa, each weighing a kg, was sold at Tk 8,000 yesterday, around Tk 6,000 more than the price of a week ago. But the small ones were comparatively cheaper. Each 500 gm hilsa was sold at Tk 500.
The wholesale fish market is near the pillar number-2 of the under-construction Padma bridge. Some 30,000 pieces of hilsa are traded in the market daily, said traders.