THE current monsoon rains brought bountiful fish harvest to residents of Kampung Durian Pahit in Marang, Terengganu.
The floods that struck the state trapped many fishes in padi fields as well as areas close to irrigation canals, rivers and swamps.
Villager Mohd Suhaimi Mohd Hasan, 25, said that during this monsoon season, he was able to harvest up to 30kg of freshwater fish like kelah, patin, haruan, catfish, puyu and sepat daily.
The self-employed youth sells the fish to the people in Marang at a price of between RM10 and RM15 per kg.
“We sell the fish by the roadside or make deliveries to customers around Marang, ” said Mohd Suhaimi, who earns between RM300 and RM400 a day from selling the fish.
Marang district officer Tun Ahmad Faisal Tun Razak said fishing activities during monsoon season in Kampung Durian Pahit and the surrounding areas have the potential to become another community-based tourism product in the district.
“It can indirectly increase the income of the villagers who generally work as farmers.
“After Covid-19 ends, we can invite tourists to come to these villages and experience freshwater fishing.
“Tourists, especially from Europe, are very interested in this kind of travel packages, ” he said. — Bernama
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