No demand for Natholi, Kozhuva in Chellanam market, fishermen in distress
Alappuzha: Fishermen at Chellanam harbour are having a tough time though the boats reached the seashores with huge loads of anchovy fish varities commonly called as ‘Natholi’ and ‘Kozhuva’. The prices of these small fishes have come down in the market, disappointing the fishermen.
A basket of ‘natholi’ and ‘kozhuva’ costs only Rs 1500.
However, fishermen who reach late in the harbour, will not get a good price for the fish.
According to fishermen, customers who reach the harbour to purchase sardine (‘mathi’) and prawns (‘chemmeen’) are not happy with the small breeds of fish. So the fishermen are forced to sell it for a lower price.
The appearance of mudbank called ‘chakara’ brought scores of fishermen to the harbour since last two weeks. As it was rare, fishes were too expensive during the period.
During Chakara, a basket of prawns had a price of over Rs 10,000.
But, there is no demand for natholi and kozhuva in the market.