Carp will be sold for the Christmas table at a higher price than it was a year ago, before the holidays. Fish producers have not yet determined the exact prices, but they are counting on the price increases. In addition to higher energy prices, adverse summer weather has taken its toll, at least in Chlumec nad Cidlinou.
“Drought, terrible drought,” describes Summer, Chlumec’s director of fisheries, Ladislav Vacek, saying that the drought affected the level of some ponds. “So we rescued the fish by crossing them to other ponds where the water didn’t go down much.“
What they spent in Klumec on saving fish, they saved on feeding – in short, it was impossible to feed them in ponds with a low water level.
A few dozen kilometers east in Obon, they had a different experience in the summer, says Vaclav Kalinda, head of the Kolorat fishery: “There weren’t big problems with mortality here, we had enough water all summer, so one experience was better. years to us.“
But both fisheries reported that prices would need to increase. At the same time, both companies have already raised fish prices once this year, in Uboin in January, and at Klomik nad Sedlino a few days ago.
Everything will only become clear at the time of autumn fishing, when costs will rise again, Vasek explains: “We will have to discuss transportation, assistance, loaders, etc. Since there is no water, we will have to pump more water and supply it with oxygen. Even in groups that have not We do it more.“
How to pay and sell costs
Fishing companies in the Hradec Králové region claim they will have less marketable fish this year. The carp in Klomyk did not grow, says Vaclav Kalinda, and in Uboin, due to repairs in the Bromar Pond, they could not grow what they needed. The plan was based on this which assumed that we would have to kill the fish early.“
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And since other producers have fewer fish, according to Ladislav Vak, this could be another reason to increase prices.
But it doesn’t have to be so much that fish customers prefer to give up, Vacek realizes. “We will look for an ideal scenario, how to approach the fact that all costs are paid to us and at the same time the customer has the opportunity to buy fish from us and take them from him.“
Fishermen want to set prices for carp for Christmas only in early November and December. However, they do not want to get 130 kr per kilogram, for example in Opočné. Last year before Christmas, the maximum price was 120 kroner per kilogram.