Daijiworld Media Network – Puttur (MS)
Puttur, September 22: Mackerel is caught in large quantities by fishermen from the fishing ports of Tamil Nadu, Malpe and Mangaluru. In the rural fish markets of Dakshina Kannada, mackerel is sold at Rs 50 per kilo and people flock to the fish market to make the most of the good weather.
In Tamil Nadu, the demand for fish during Mahalaya and Navaratri is very low. Thus, the export from Mangaluru and Malpe seaport to Tamil Nadu is very less. Additionally, Tamil Nadu fish is coming to markets in Dakshina Kannada. So the price falls too low.
The price of fish has fallen by 50% in the last month. In some markets in Bantwal and Puttur, Tamil Nadu mackerels are sold as brought from Mangaluru and Malpe.
During the past two days, brisk fish business has taken place at Kalleri and Kuppetti near Uppinangady. On Wednesday alone, three truckloads of fish were sold. The price for a can of fish was only Rs 1,500. The box contains 30 kg of fish. Even in the retail trade, the fish was sold for only 50 rupees per kilo. Due to the low price, hotel owners and the public buy in large numbers and store the same in refrigerators.