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Freshwater Prawn Prices



Domestic demand for freshwater prawns (Macrobrachium rosenbergii), mainly grown for the export market, is rising as the result of growing consumption by urban Bangladeshis.  This trend is likely to continue, due to the growing middle and affluent classes in urban Bangladesh.  Grown mainly in the southwest division of Khulna for the export market, demand in local markets has increased as a result of decreasing prices.  Prices for prawns, locally known as galda, dropped to $15.40 per kilogram (6-8 count) in the international market from $26.40 per kilogram two years ago.


Supplies from the main producing regions in Khulna, Satkhira and Bagerhat divisions are shipped to urban consumers in Dhaka as well as to the popular tourist destinations in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar.  During the 2016 production season, the retail prices of large, head-on prawns (4-5 count per kilogram) in Dhaka ranged from $20 to $25 per kilogram.  Retail prices for medium and smaller sizes ranged from $7 to $12 per kilogram.  Hotels and Chinese restaurants in Dhaka are the main buyers of the prawns.


Source: The Daily Sangbad Konika.  Local Demand for Prawn on the Rise.  September 10, 2017.


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