Brief respite for farmers


Mohd Suhaimi (left) selling to a customer some of the fishes that he caught at an abandoned padi field in Kampung Durian Pahit in Marang, Terengganu. — Photos: Bernama

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.

Flood victim Puteri Yasmin Abdul Mubi, 29, wading through the floods near her house in Kampung Padang Garam, near Marang.Flood victim Puteri Yasmin Abdul Mubi, 29, wading through the floods near her house in Kampung Padang Garam, near Marang.

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.

Mechanic Mohamad Sapawi Yunus, 40, showing a bubu (fish trap) that he is selling online via Facebook from his home in Kampung Tok Fakir in Marang. Bubu is a traditional tool used to catch fish in rivers, lakes and swamps.Mechanic Mohamad Sapawi Yunus, 40, showing a bubu (fish trap) that he is selling online via Facebook from his home in Kampung Tok Fakir in Marang. Bubu is a traditional tool used to catch fish in rivers, lakes and swamps.

“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.

Some of the clams harvested during the monsoon season in Pantai Rusila, Kampung Rhu Dua near Marang.Some of the clams harvested during the monsoon season in Pantai Rusila, Kampung Rhu Dua near Marang.

“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.

 Mohd Suhaimi and his friend Muhd Zukanain Abdullah, 42, inspecting their fishing net in Kampung Durian Pahit, Marang.Mohd Suhaimi and his friend Muhd Zukanain Abdullah, 42, inspecting their fishing net in Kampung Durian Pahit, Marang.

“Tourists, especially from Europe, are very interested in this kind of travel packages, ” he said. — Bernama

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