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Bangladesh: Imports take over as local dried fish production falls January 06,2020   |  Source: Dhaka Tribune

The local production and supply of dried fish, widely known as shutki, which is a delicacy on the menu of many people, has been on the decline over the past few years despite its growing demand. The local supply has fallen due to various adversities including difference in local and import prices and lack of profit, according to industry insiders. To meet the demand, dried fishes are being imported from different countries and the import volume is increasing every year.

According to the data of National Board of Revenue (NBR), dried fish worth Tk234.204 crore was imported from different countries during FY 2018-2019 while the import amount was worth Tk177.742 crore in FY2017-2018. On the other hand, the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data shows that dried fish worth Tk26.628 crore was exported in FY 2018-2019 and Tk38.429 crore in FY 2017-2018. Visiting Karwanbazaar, Dhaka Tribune found different types of dried fish available in both retail and wholesale shops in the market. Nurzahan Begum from Dhaka's Mohammadpur area, who wanted to buy some dried fish, said members of her family liked to eat dried Loitta fish more than meat and so she bought it almost every week. “Dried fish is really delicious. I usually prefer it to other fishes," she said.

"It is cheap and five

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