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Andhra Pradesh: Fishing harbours go empty, fish prices skyrocket in Vizag markets by Arpit Basu July 28,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

With supply of marine and inland fish drastically reduced, fish prices skyrocketed at all harbour markets in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Traders said that fish supply at landing centres has reduced over the last few weeks as fishermen are not venturing into the seas after many of them tested positive for Covid-19. Arjili Dasu, secretary of District Fishermen’s Youth Welfare Association, said, “There are over 100 positive cases in fishing villages in Visakhapatnam. Under such circumstances, fishermen are not venturing out to sea.” “This has led to a scarcity in the market which has led to an increase in price. The price would increase further unless supply restores,” Dasu added.

The Visakhapatnam harbour, which usually sees huge crowds especially on weekends, wore a deserted look on Sunday morning. The number of vendors in the market was few and far between. Ummidi Yallarao, a wholesaler, said that news of fishermen being affected with the virus has spread and there is an apprehension among traders that fishing harbours could be sites of infection. A few traders too have tested positive, he added.

The price of pomfret, which usually ranges between Rs 600 and Rs 800 per kg in landing centres sold for Rs 1,500 to Rs 1,800 a kilogram on Sunday. “Transportation costs

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