Special allocation assures fishermen’s livelihood

A family of a small time fisherman from Kampung Bako, about 30km from Kuching, drying salted fish. Some fishermen are having a hard time with no income to support their family as they cannot go out to sea. — Filepic

KUCHING: The special allocation of between RM100,000 and RM200,000 under the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package for fishermen’s associations is a blessing which will help members to get through the difficult times with the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) due to Covid-19 outbreak.

Sarawak Fishermen Association (Penesa) chairman Jam Hajimi said some fishermen were having a hard time with no income to support their family as they could not go out to the sea.

“Although the fishermen are now allowed to go to the sea to catch fish, there are some who are not able to do so because their boats or equipment are damaged.

“We are grateful to PNK (Area Fishermen Association) which will buy the catch brought in by fishermen and this is of great help because we (fishermen) no longer have to worry about not being able to sell our catch, ” said Jam, who is also Muara Tebas PNK chairman.

It is learnt that the Malaysian Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) has disbursed RM10,000 to PNK to buy the catch from fishermen.

Besides PNK, the Penesa Fresh Mart, which is under the supervision of LKIM, is also buying the marine catch brought in by fishermen and then selling them online during the MCO enforcement period.According to Penesa Fresh Mart manager Sufri Ahmad, images of the fish and other marine catch are uploaded on the shop’s Facebook and customers can make their order through the WhatsApp application.

“Payment can be made online and they (customers) can also pay cash at the shop when they come to collect their purchase the following day. This will reduce their time to queue at the shop, ” he added. – Bernama

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