Matsyafed to provide diesel engines for boats
Matsyafed’s study titled ‘Economics of Prevalent Fishing Units in Kozhikode’ had unveiled alarming statistics on fishermen’s fuel expenses. Fuel ate up 66.45 per cent of the value of a fisherman’s catch annually, the study had revealed.
A fisherman gets 125 litres of kerosene a month through PDS at a subsidised rate of Rs.12 a litre. But this hardly lasts three days, forcing them to turn to the black market for fuel. A Government Order by the Fisheries Department on November 20, 2012, had acknowledged “huge irregularities in the present system of distribution of kerosene to fishermen through PDS” in the State.
The diesel-powered inboard engines, Matsyafed found, would cut fuel costs by one-third and solve the scarcity of kerosene. A fishing run would cost just 10 litres of diesel.