As prices soar, fishermen ask for cash assistance | Chennai News

CHENNAI/TRICHY: Fish prices in the city, which have increased due to reduced catches at Kasimedu port as most ocean-going vessels stay ashore due to rising fuel tariffs, are still expected increase during the two-month fishing ban which comes into effect Thursday at midnight.
Fishermen in the state demanded that the government increase special financial assistance during the ban period to 10,000 from 5,000, as promised by the DMK in its election manifesto last year.

A Balaraman, a vendor in Kasimedu, said the number of ships going to sea had decreased significantly, while Anbarasan, another vendor, said those who went to sea were unable to return with the expected amount. .
Among the popular varieties that have arrived at Kasimedu port in the past week, all in small quantities, are Sankara, karva, podi vanjiram, peria vanjiram, seela, farmed shrimp, crab and squid. .
In markets such as Chintadripet and Kavankarai in Puzhal, wholesalers have started sourcing fish from the west coast of states like Kerala and Karnataka. On the west coast, the fishing ban begins in June and ends in August.
South Indian Fishermen Welfare Association chairman K Bharathi said TN fishermen had called on the government to reduce the fishing ban from 61 days to 45 days, taking inspiration from neighboring Kerala.
In Trichy, Indian National Association of Fishermen’s District Chairman RMP Rajendran, while demanding an increase in special cash assistance during the ban period, said fishing activities had been badly affected by the pandemic over the past two years.
“The current special cash assistance of 5,000 will in no way be commensurate with the expenses incurred by each family. The government should provide at least 10,000 per fishing family for just two months,” he added.
The fishing community has helped the government earn millions of rupees from fish exports. Now it is the government’s duty to help them, he said.

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