Foreign competition kills Kerala’s seafood industry:
New Kerala – Ernakulam,Kerala,India
[Kerala, India]: Kochi, Jan 24 : Thanks to globalisation and lack of infrastructure, there has been a sharp reversal of fortunes for Kerala that for long had a vibrant presence in India’s seafood export.
With a coastline of 580 km, Kerala has 121 registered fish processing units, of which hardly 50 are currently functioning. Thousands of people who worked in the industry are stranded, desperately looking elsewhere for a livelihood, Grassroots Features reports.
Whether an organised plant or a thatched roof set-up, seafood processing in Kerala has been the preserve of women. Just a few men worked as supervisors. Predictably, the collapse of the industry has affected women more.
Balamani K. of Aroor panchayat in Alappuzha district, where once many processing units flourished, lamented: “My employer says he suffers losses continuously, and there is no point in running the plant.
“So we workers have sought other employment.”