Monsoon fury leaves major loss in fish farms

The monsoon fury of last month that killed more than a 100 people and displaced thousands in Kerala had also caused serious damage to the fisheries sector and the loss is estimated to be more than ten crore.

The first two weeks of Monsoon last month had serious impact on the life of the people in the state and the fishermen who earned their bread by venturing into the sea had to be indoors.

Highly placed sources said that Thrissur reported the highest loss of about four crore with respect to loss of fish farms, damage of boats and nets. Alappuzha also witnessed heavy loss of about two crore damages in the heavy rains. Malappuram and Kozhikode district, which was the worst hit district in the monsoon floods, saw a loss of about Rs 50 lakh damage each in the fisheries sector.

The sources said that the loss to fisheries sector in Wayanad came to around Rs 40 lakh, Kannur Rs 30 lakh, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Palakkad  Rs ten lakh each. While the other districts only had a minimal damage, the sources said.

They said that the fish farms were the worst affected in the heavy rains and the loss has been estimated at about six crore. A loss of about six lakh each for damaged as well as partially damaged fishing vessels has also been estimated, they said. The loss of fishing net has also been estimated at Rs 15 lakh. In Thrissur, the monsoon had largely affected the fish farms that formed a major part of the loss in the district. IOTY is estimated that about 8000 hectares of fish farms have been affected and the major area falls in Thrissur.

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