The prices of dried saltwater fish are rising in the domestic market, especially in Pyapon Township in the Ayeyawady Region, owing to low production, said local wholesalers.
Ko Thaw Zin Oo, a retailer at the Pyapon market, said, “The town saw an increase in the prices of dried saltwater fish this monsoon, because it is difficult to make dry fish in the rainy season. In the market, retailers are selling the previously produced dried fish at a higher price.
The surging prices of dried fish are expected to decrease in the post-monsoon season.”
When compared to the same period last year, the township saw a decline in the natural production of saltwater fish.
Depending on their quality, size and variety, saltwater dried fish was sold for Ks9,000-Ks15,000 per viss (3.6 lbs) on 31 May. The current prices increased by Ks1,500 per viss compared to the pre-monsoon period, according to retailers.
Marketable saltwater dried fish is usually exported to China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Bangladesh and other countries.
Aung Win (Pyapon)