Windfall after the landfall
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.