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Social Distancing In Fish Market

Country-wide lockdown announced by Government of India from 24 March 2020 has drastically affected the normal life and business of people including fishers and fish farmers.

 Many states have exempted Fisheries and aquaculture activities including input supplies and transportation from restricted list during lockdown.
 
Odisha Government has taken initiative to ensure availability of fish in the market and Secretary, Fisheries and ARD, R Raghu Prasad is regularly monitoring the movement and has issued strict instructions for Social Distancing in the fish markets, senior officials say.  
 
The Local Administration and general public are cooperating well in fighting COVID-19 by following the social distancing and other good practices and guidelines promoted by the Government.

One good example for this is Nimapada retail fish market in Pipili block, Puri district in Odisha.
 
The Municipal Administration has allowed all the retail and wholesale fish markets to open on daily basis.
 
To maintain the social distancing among the fish mongers in the fish market, Municipal Administration has marked circles in a line with minimum one meter distance from each other.
 
Fish buyers mandatorily stand inside those circles. Also, they are advised to wear face mask. Fish vendors and fish buyers are encouraged to have cashless transactions by UPI mobile payment system.
 
Similar arrangements are seen in various parts of Odisha including Keonjhar which is an interior tribal district.
 
Odisha is an important maritime state in India with 45 million population equivalent to that of Spain.
 
Majority of Odia people relish on fish and percapita fish consumption is about 15.50 kg which is higher than national average of 9 kg.
 
Though Odisha is the 5th largest fish producer in India and produces about 750,000 metric tons of fish annually, it imports nearly 50,000 metric tons of fish per annually, especially freshwater carps from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh state.
 
Lockdown and closure of national highway at interstate boarder has stopped arrival of Andhra Fish to Odisha.
 
Due to this, the locally farmed fish price has gone up by about 20-30%. Prior to lockdown, Catla and Rohu prices were about 170-180 Rs/kg at retail and now it is about 220-250 Rs/kg.
 
The traditional fishermen continue to fish and sell the fresh fish through local markets within 30-50 km distance from the landing centres or fishing villages.
 
Therefore, the prices of marine fish in coastal districts have not significantly changed when compared to pre-lockdown period.
 
However, most of the fishermen with mechanized boats (trawlers, purse seiners, gill netters etc) have stopped fishing due to non-availability of ice, restrictions on movements of transport vehicles and fisher workers etc.
 
This has brought down the fish exports to other states and also seriously affected the livelihoods of the fisher workers associated with big mechanised boats.
 


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