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Status of an Ideal Dry Fish Market of Bangladesh: A Study on Asadganj Dry Fish Market, Chittagong

Mohammad Omar Faruque1, K M Shahriar Nazrul2, Umma Salma Tonny2, Kh Rashadul Islam1, Swapan Chandra Dey3, Samiha Jahan Mona3, and Debasish Saha3
1. Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202, Bangladesh
2. Department of Fisheries Biology and Genetics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202, Bangladesh
3. Department of Fisheries and Marine Science, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Noakhali-3202, Bangladesh
Abstract—The marketing system and value chain of dried fish and the pulling factors enhancing its processing and marketing were studied at Asadganj dry fish market, Chittagong, Bangladesh from January 2011 to June 2011. The study area was purposively selected where activities related to commercial dry fish products were concentrated. Data was collected through survey questions. Several species of coastal and marine dried fish were commonly available in the market. Different stakeholders involved in marine dried fish marketing were selected to address the pulling factors for enhancing marketing of aquatic products. The study revealed that marketing margin as well as marketing profit both was relatively higher in consumer markets followed by primary and secondary markets where beparies and aratdars were involved. Results indicated that high priced fish demanded high marketing cost resulting higher marketing margin and profit compared to low-priced fish. The price of dried marine fish depended on the size, availability, quality of the species, transport, labor and season. The major cause of price exploitation to the producers was dadan (non institutional money lending) that compelled the producers to go for ‘conditional engagement’ in the fish drying business. Bombay duck, having 24.88% was the highest quantity found in this market. Stakeholders of the market faced various problems like inadequate capital, natural calamities, lack of scientific knowledge and technology, price instability, lack of transport facilities, lack of inadequate storage facilities, lack of physical marketing facilities, lack of marketing information, etc. 

Index Terms—dry fish, value chain, stakeholders

Cite: Mohammad Omar Faruque, K M Shahriar Nazrul, Umma Salma Tonny, Kh Rashadul Islam, Swapan Chandra Dey, Samiha Jahan Mona, and Debasish Saha, "Status of an Ideal Dry Fish Market of Bangladesh: A Study on Asadganj Dry Fish Market, Chittagong," International Journal of Life Sciences Biotechnology and Pharma Research, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 214-225, July 2012.
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