Traditional fishing, raw cashew nut sales allowed amidst Lockdown

 Traditional fishing, raw cashew nut sales allowed amidst Lockdown
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Meeting chaired by Dakshina Kannada DC

Mangaluru, April 13: Activities like traditional fishing and raw cashew nut sales have been given relief from Lockdown.

Minister for Port and Fisheries, Mr. Kota Srinivas Poojary has said that based on the directions of the Union government and order of the Cheif Minister of Karnataka, all traditional and country boat fishing is allowed in the state from April 12.

“There are about 14,000 traditional and country boat fishermen in the three districts of Karnataka. They can start the activity now. But there should be social distancing,” the Minister said.

Dakshina Kannada District Deputy Commissioner Mrs. Sindhu B Rupesh held a meeting with officials and fishermen leaders at her office on Sunday. They decided on the guidelines and precautionary measures to be taken.

Mrs. Sindhu B Rupesh instructed all the fishermen to follow the directives of the government and also asked to ensure social distancing at all the fish selling points. 

The Coastal Security Police (CSP) have been directed to monitor the activity.

Fishermen should bring their boats to a specific spot and auction the fish to the recognized sellers.
Bykampady, Guddekopla, Mukka, Sasihithlu, Sulthan Battery, Hoige Bazar, Ullal Kodi, Kotepura, Mogaveerapatna, Ullal and Someshwar are the 11 spots where the fishermen should auction the fish.

The Minister has also declared that there would not be any prohibition on the transport and sale of raw cashew nuts.

“This clarification is given as farmers have complained to us that middlemen are purchasing cashew from them at a lower price,” he stated.

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