A Study on Fish Marketing Systems in Gazipur, Bangladesh
The present study concerned about the fish marketing systems in Gazipur, based on existing marketing systems, economic features of marketing activities and inefficiencies. In Gazipur, fish marketing is almost exclusively a preserve of the private sector where livelihoods of a large number of people are associated with fish distribution and marketing systems. The market chain from producers to consumers passes through a number of intermediaries: local traders, agents/suppliers, wholesalers and retailers. Based on a sample of 40 traders from the two different markets in Gazipur district, the daily supply of fish market in Gazipur Sadar and Sripur markets were estimated at 2-3 and 1-1.5 tones, respectively. Virtually most of the fish (80%) is imported from outside, the local supply amount only 20%. It is estimated that 48% of fish supplied in markets is of carps 13% hilsa, 9% catfish, 7% small indigenous fish, 6% prawn and shrimp, 5% tilapia and 12% others including marine fish. The price of fish depends on market structure, species quality, size and weight and it was found that the price per kilogram of carp increases with size. All traders in two markets made a considerable amount of profit.
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