Local fishes rule with high rates

Local fishes rule with high rates
(L-R) Common carp and live eels among other local fish being sold in Dimapur market on Friday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 24, (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/24/2018 12:08:03 PM IST

In the post-ban on imported fishes due to injection of the harmful formalin chemical, local fish suppliers are doing a roaring business in trying to meet the ever growing demand. The state government in the month of June 2018 banned the import of fish from outside the state, following the detection of formalin in fish imported from Andhra Pradesh.

With the restrictions on imported fish, the prices of local varieties of fish have also increased as demands currently outstrip supply.

 When Nagaland Post visited New Market and Super Market to find out prices of different varieties of fish, it was found that the prices had significantly increased ever since a blanket ban was imposed earlier in June this year following reports of formalin being found in fish.

New Market, which is otherwise bustling with activity, wore a deserted look on Friday afternoon as there were barely seven to eight fish stalls, as most stalls were unoccupied. 

Prior to the ban, fish was mainly imported from Andhra Pradesh. Today, fish vendors get their supply from local fish suppliers either from within Dimapur but mostly from neighbouring Assam. 

Before the blanket ban was imposed, a kilo of small sized fish used to be sold for around Rs 100 to 150 per kg. After the ban, the same size is being sold for Rs 200 to 220 per kg. On Friday, the rate shot up to Rs 260 to 320 per kg. 

At New Market, live Eel was sold in pots at Rs 400 per kg. Similarly, Catla fish was sold at Rs. 260 a kg, common carp at Rs 320 a kg and small sized fish anywhere between Rs 240 and RS. 320 per kg depending on the breed. 

In Super Market, the price of a kilo of smaller fish was Rs 180, which was comparatively much cheaper than New Market. 

When asked how the prices were determined, a vendor in New Market said that these depended on the rate at which they were procured from the suppliers of Assam. The vendor also said there was a huge demand for fish and that their stocks were sold out every day.


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