In Bengal, 3 and a part lakh folks rely on prawns for 2 sq. foods an afternoon. Those are the households who earn bread and butter by way of farming prawns – a delicacy, which is in large call for international, and brings in over Rs 5,000 crore in exports.
The lockdown has hit them exhausting.
The fish public sale marketplace at North 24 Parganas’s Haroa, 50 km north of Kolkata, is understood to promote an estimated Rs 1 crore on a mean day.
Then again, the prawns are promoting dust affordable right here.
Tiger prawns that are meant to have offered at Rs 750 in line with kg, used to be being push-sold by way of farmers for no matter they might get — about Rs 250 to 300 in line with kilo. In brief, at a lack of Rs 500 in line with kg.
Most often, the marketplace is filled with exporters snapping up prawns to promote to the United States, Vietnam, Japan and China.
Then again, the lockdown has stopped the exports utterly – retaining the large patrons clear of the marketplace.
The farmers say that they’re not able to promote their produce amid the lockdown and urge the federal government to assist.
“Both give us an alternate livelihood or organize to promote our present crop of prawns. Differently, all folks right here will die of starvation,” mentioned Prabir Good friend, a prawn farmer and the president of Haro Marketplace Affiliation.
“The export gadgets in Kolkata who purchase prawns are close down as a result of the lockdown. Their patrons aren’t coming to the marketplace and prawns aren’t promoting,” mentioned Jahangir Alam, secretary of Haroa fish marketplace.
Prawns are a large greenback industry.
In 2018-19, 3 Bengal districts exported 1.Three lakh tonne for Rs 5,376 crore rupees, surpassed most effective by way of Andhra Pradesh. Prawns additionally immediately put meals within the mouth of 60,000 farmers and their households or 3.Five lakh folks.
On 11th April, each the centre and Bengal issued a number of relaxations for aquaculture and fishing. However kickstarting the device that has been in lockdown for 3 weeks will take time and the prawn farmers of Bengal are in for exhausting occasions.
Zakir Mollah and Zulfikar Ali have large prawn farms and large loans — over 50 lakh every. They wish to promote to pay off. However nobody is purchasing. And no longer harvesting isn’t an possibility both. That is harvest season. If no longer netted, the prawn will die, pollute the water, unfold illness and endanger the following crop
“The lifeless prawns will unfold virus and an infection within the water and the following crop is not going to occur. What to do on this scenario? I’ve an enormous mortgage and suicide is also your best option,” mentioned Zupfikar Ali.
Md Zakir Mollah, a fellow prawn farmer, says, “I feel my complete circle of relatives and I will be able to need to die. My borrowers will gherao us. All is misplaced.”