STAFF REPORT KHI: Criticising the government for not setting a minimum sale price in the countrys largest fisheries market The government, fishermen have asked the authorities to set a threshold price for seafood catch, primarily for the export-oriented sector, so that they could survive huge losses.

“Jaira shrimp is priced at Rs 750 per kg at the beginning of the new fishing season, which is unexpectedly lower for the financially weak fishermen,” President of the Native Islanders Fishermen Association (Nifa) Asif Bhatti said while talking to the media here.

He said that fishermen, who are unable to get a better payoff for their catch, were expecting at least Rs 1,350 per kg for the Jaira shrimp, but buyers are reluctant to give a better price for the fresh catch.

“There was no healthy buying activity in the fish market on account of Eid holidays. The landing of fresh catch has now been temporarily halted,” he said. Other shrimp varieties, including Kiddi and Kalari were also not fetching better prices since the beginning of August.

“The price of Kalari is Rs 300 per kg and Kiddi is available for just Rs 70 per kg,” he said adding dull market has depressed fishermens already weak financial position.

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