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Maharashtra: Irregular rains led to Rs 500 crore loss: Fishermen by SONALI TELANG September 11,2019   |  Source: Asian Age

Fishermen are all set to seek zero-interest loans from the emergency funds to deal with the losses incurred during the unprecedented heavy rainfall this year. They are expected to meet fisheries department officials on September 13 to put forth their demand. According to fishermen, they have suffered losses of Rs 4 to 5 lakh per boat since the fishing season commenced after a two-month ban. Not just the unprecedented torrential rainfall this monsoon, fishermen stated that the unanticipated rains during Ganeshotsav have also contributed to their losses.

“Not just till September 9, but in the month of August too, we were able to carry fishing activities for only 10 days. As such, 40 days, which account for 20 per cent of fishing days, were lost in the monsoon period,” said Ganesh Nakhwa, president of the Purse Seine Net Fisherman Welfare Association.

Mr Nakhwa said that his organisation has been urging the state government to provide fishermen with zero-interest loans from the fisheries departments, just like agricultural loans are given to farmers. “The operational cost of two trips, which includes boat maintenance and workers’ salary, is around `5-6 lakh. For 10,000 boats fishing in the state, the total loss could amount to Rs 500 crore,” he claimed. Imran


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