Wind­fall after the land­fall

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE DEV­AS­TAT­ING cy­clone Hud­hud has proved to be a boon for fish­ers and peo­ple in lower Assam, a few hun­dred kilo­me­tres from its land­fall area in Andhra Pradesh. The avail­abil­ity of the much sought after hilsa or il­ish fish in­creased to a great ex­tent in the river Brahma­pu­tra in the lower Assam dis­tricts of Dhubri and Goal­para. This hap­pened last year as well after cy­clone Phailin hit Odisha. Dur­ing the nor­mal sea­son, a kilo­gram of hilsa is sold at ` 350 to ` 500 in the whole­sale mar­ket in Dhubri and Goal­para, and at ` 600 to ` 750 in the re­tail mar­ket. The prices some­times go up to ` 800. But with an in­crease in the avail­abil­ity of hilsa fish, prices have fallen to ` 100 to ` 200 per kg.

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