The Christmas fast started from yesterday, which lasts until January 7, and the main food on the table, fresh fish, has risen in price from 20 to 100 dinars in fish markets.
The price of a kilogram of cleaned carp is from 480 to 550 dinars, while California trout costs 620 dinars, and it was 545 dinars. Fishmongers have constant discounts so these two most sought after species can be found even cheaper. In retail chains, their price is lower and ranges from 400 to 470 dinars per kilogram.
The household budget of the citizens has already been burdened by numerous food prices, which are a consequence of what is happening on the global market due to the pandemic. Serbian families are now waiting for the high price of fish, because it will be one of the main foods on their table during Lent. Nevertheless, the purchase of this product is not decreasing.
– Our demand is always great, and during Lent we expect a madhouse – says Zorica Racic from a well-known Belgrade fish market.
– All kinds of fish go well. Citizens buy even the most expensive ones, such as salmon and tuna.
She also points out that more and more baked fish is being bought, because the citizens do not have time to prepare it. Another 250 dinars should be set aside for this service. A kilogram of catfish in fish markets costs 870 dinars, and the price of perch is 1,050 dinars and has not changed. Among the cheapest is mackerel, which ranges from 350 to 380 dinars. Hake costs from 450 to 480 dinars. More expensive species of sea fish, such as sea bass and sea bream, were also in demand, for which 950 to 1,100 dinars should be set aside. The price of tuna is 1,690 dinars. Salmon fillets cost 1,990 to 2,150 dinars in fish markets, while in retail chains they cost from 1,840 to 2,300 dinars.
– I am not surprised that the price of fish has risen, all prices have gone up – says Natasa Stojanović from Belgrade.
– Our family always fasts, and we will do the same this year. We try to eat fish at least once a week, and several times during Lent.
Not all families will often be able to afford this food for the next 40 days. Suzana Markovic points out that during Lent, fasting pies, beans, potato dishes and various vegetables will be mostly on their table.
Fish mainly from imports
SERBIA imports about 75 percent of fish, and only 25 percent is from domestic production. Due to the higher prices of cereals used in the diet of fish, this season the consumption carp is 50 percent more expensive compared to last year. In the wholesale at the pond, you pay 320 dinars per kilogram.
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