Kozhikode

Harbours back to business as strike by fish meal firms ends

Stir affected hundreds of fishermen and boat owners

Fish meal oil manufacturers and merchants have resumed collection of stock from various harbours in the district with the end of their nation-wide strike in protest against the enforcement of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime on industries operating in the sector. Association leaders said the strike was withdrawn following an assurance they received from the Union government that their demands and concerns would be considered.

The flash strike had affected hundreds of fishing boat owners and fishermen who used to sell their daily catch to the companies for better returns.

As the strike was launched without prior notice, several days of catch was lost. The absence of cold storage facilities too had added to the huge losses.

Most of them managed the crisis by selling their catch at a reduced rate to fertiliser companies. Following the sudden crisis, some trawling boat owners had temporarily stopped fishing activity. In Kozhikode district, Puthiyappa harbour was the worst-hit, where huge quantity of unsold fish varieties was sold at a cheaper rate to fertiliser companies.

Cold storage facility

A fishermen’s organisation leader said the unexpected strike was a lesson for the Fisheries Department to consider better storage facilities in harbours. In Kozhikode district, there was not a single standard cold storage facility in any of the five harbours, he added.

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