Fish price surges as fisherfolk return home to TN ahead of election, holidays
Chavakkad: As a large section of fisherfolk returned home to Tamil Nadu amid election and Easter holidays, the price of fishes, including mackerel and tuna, have skyrocketed in the state.
With Easter on April 4 and Assembly elections in Kerala and Tamil Nadu on April 6, many fishermen have returned home.
The mackerel that cost Rs 500-600 per kilogram one week back, is now priced over Rs 850-900 for a kilogram. Meanwhile, true tuna which was at Rs 160/kg is now priced Rs 240/kg and tuna which was priced at Rs 200/kg last week now costs Rs 250-300 per kilogram.
As the availability of the fish decreased, the quantity imported from Tamil Nadu has also decreased.
60-65 percent of the fishermen who venture into deep sea for fishing is from Kanyakumari district, said Mathayis Peter, president of all Kerala boat operators association.
There are over 3700 boats from Thuthoor coastal village of Kanyakumari that goes for deep sea fishing. Such boats usually stay on sea for one week for fishing. So even if they go for fishing after vote on April 6, it will take another week for their return with fish. Hence the fish price is expected to go up further in coming days.