Sharp price hike keeps fish away from dining tables
Narikkoottumchal: The sharp increase in fish prices in recent days are troubling common people living in rural areas.
Fish prices have doubled in the last two days. Until Wednesday, fish markets in Kuttyadi sold Sardines (Mathi) for Rs 60-80 per kilogram. On Thursday, the price rose to Rs 200 per kilogram. Mackerel (Aiyla) prices have had a significant hike too, jumping from Rs 150 to Rs 240 per kilogram. King fish, which previously cost Rs 600/kg, now cost Rs 900/kg. Pomfrets (Avoli) that cost Rs 400/kg, are being sold at Rs 600/kg now.
Fishermen and fish-sellers say that fishes withdrawing into deeper sea due to the severe climatic changes is said to be the major reason for the shortage.
With the recent low pressure formation in Bay of Bengal, fishermen have been advised not venture into sea. This will add fuel to fire and rise the fish prices further.