Fresh water prawn, ‘Golda’ prices mark rise
27 January 2015, Nirapad News: Prices of fresh water prawn — or golda — slightly increased on the international market in the last 15 days on the back of rising demand, exporters said.
“Price has increased by 10 to 20 cent per pound on the international market in the last 15 days,” deputy managing director at Lockpur Group of Industries, Khan Habibur Rahman told on Sunday. He said price of U-5 count fresh water prawn is now around $ 11.50 per, up from around $ 11.40 in the last two weeks.
The price of 6-8 count golda is now US$ 10.80 and 8-12 count is US$ 9 per pound while the prices were $ 10.60 and $ 8.80 respectively. The prices of 13-15 count fresh water prawn is now US$ 8 and 16-20 is 7.50 per pound and the prices were $ 7.80 and $ 7.40 respectively.
“Quality of our fresh water prawn is good and foreign buyers like it. And there is no substitute for fresh water prawn,” said Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association President Md Amin Ullah.
“Around 25 per cent of total frozen food export are fresh water prawn. Price has recently increased, because its demand is good. Its export also increased as the harvesting season is going on,” he said.
Bangladesh exported frozen foods worth $355.03 million from July to December of the current fiscal year (FY 2014-15), compared with $377.42 million in the same period last fiscal, state-run Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data showed.
The government has set a target of exporting $731.08 million worth of frozen food this fiscal.
Golda Hatchery Association of Bangladesh (GHAB) President Shaikh Shafi Ahmed said the season of Golda hatching starts from March and continues till July. The harvesting time starts from mid-November and continues till middle of April.
The yearly production of fresh water prawn is estimated at 18 million pieces of golda fry (Post Larvae), he said.