Fishermen in Goringji Island are struggling to survive : Myanmar Fishermen in Goringji Island are struggling to survive : Myanmar

Fishermen in Goringji Island are struggling to survive : Myanmar

Fishermen in Goringji Island are struggling to survive : Myanmar

Most of the locals who live on Gorinji Island make a living from fishing. Goringji Island is about three miles wide and Pepper City, It is in Santhapu village.

Locals said that there are about three hundred houses around the island and about two hundred people who work in the water industry.

This island is fish, It also provides protection from wind and waves for the shrimp workers.

That's why fish regardless of the weather, Fishermen said that it is also an invaluable place for fishermen because they can catch shrimp.

Fishermen are currently the most affected by high commodity prices. Aquaculture owner Daw Ayeye said that they are having trouble because the quality of fish and shrimp is low and they are not getting a good price.

"Aquatic products are low. Now the price of oil is high. The price of rice is high. It's not convenient for the workers. If in the past you could get 100,000, now you get 200,000 from the owner. You're in debt. You also have to take more from the rich. In the case of fish sili, when it first appeared, traders bought about 12,000. Now there are only 4,5,6,000."

31-year-old Ko Zin Min Oo works as a hired man on Daw Ayeye's fishing boat for ten thousand kyats a day.

"The difficulty is there. The price of oil is not low now. It's not very convenient to work anymore. The price of oil is getting higher. Children can't even go to school because they can't afford it."

58-year-old U Soe Myint Maung lives in Gorinji Island. He is the one who floats fish among the rocks and catches them.

"As for the five frogs, they didn't go up because they went up a lot more. It was only 3,000 to 4,000. Diesel and gasoline used to cost 4,450,000, but now I had to drive up to 12,000, 18,000, 20,000. The price of rice has risen. What used to be about 2,500, 2,000 for a rice paddy is now 5,500, 6,000."

39-year-old U Wunna Soe works as a sea captain in Daw Ayeye's fishing industry.

"Today, if I get 500,000 fish worth, I can get 50,000. My workers only get a few thousand. Even when they get 4,5,000 for a day's worth of rice, they only have 5,000 for a day's worth of rice, so what's the deal with them? They can't continue this work because they don't have enough money to feed their house and their surplus money. They can't do it anymore, so they leave."

Those who depend on Gorinji Island to work in the water industry say that they want the still high commodity prices to come down quickly in order to sustain their livelihoods.

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