According to the Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association, export-focused fish processing factories in Khulna are currently suffering from lengthy rolling power outages that have forced them to operate at a capacity reduction of 50 percent to 70 percent.
It has been nearly impossible to keep frozen fish during such prolonged load shedding, according to S Humayun Kabir, vice president of the Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association, as all the ice in the facilities melts into the water in three to four hours without electricity.
Bangladesh exported frozen seafood, comprising white fish, shrimp, and crab, valued at $477.37 million in FY21. $328.84 million of the export receipts came from frozen shrimp.
The cost of ice has also skyrocketed, with some producers now asking Tk1,000 for 100Tk worth of ice.
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