Johor Fishermen’s Association (Josfa) has been working on the welfare of fishermen during the National Recovery Period (NRP) with the state government.
Its chairman Datuk Mohamad Dolmat said the state’s ongoing food aid supply for affected fishermen was being distributed through the Area Fishermen Association (PNK).
“Before the pandemic, fishermen could sell their catch at affordable prices to all restaurants, especially seafood eateries.
“They could go home with a good income.
“But since the pandemic started and the movement control order was imposed, they have to control what they catch as there are limited restaurants for them to sell the seafood,” he said when contacted.
Mohamad added that Josfa was in touch with its members and those affected would be given food aid.
“We do sympathise with their plight and although the association can only afford to give food aid, we will work with the state government to come up with ways to help them maintain their fishing gear and equipment.
“These are some of the ongoing assistance that we will continue to provide to those in need,” he said, adding that the association would continue to look out for its members during such challenging times.
He added that he was thankful for the Federal Government’s RM300 monthly financial aid given to fishermen under the Welfare Assistance Scheme.
“We hope with the monthly financial and food basket aid, we can ease their burden during the NRP,” he said.
Mohamad shared that Josfa recently allocated RM20,000 for the education and welfare assistance for needy fishermen’s family.
Throughout Johor, there are more than 9,000 fishermen registered with Josfa.