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Choppy Seas Ahead For The Fishing Community In Tamil Nadu

Choppy Seas Ahead For The Fishing Community In Tamil Nadu

Fishermen and the fishing industry in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu were not recognised as an essential service initially during the lockdown. Hence, the fishermen faced a lot of problems. They did not qualify for any subsidies or financial aid as they are not considered farmers by the government. Now, the situation is better but far from ideal. They are allowed to fish for three days a week. Still, they have nowhere to sell the fish as markets are closed, and nobody can go out of the fishing hamlet to sell, and no one can come in to buy the fish. Basic scarcities also exist within fishing communities including but not limited to access to basics like milk, grains etc. Usually, the hamlets are located far from areas with shops and markets, which makes it difficult for residents to procure their necessary daily goods.

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