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Has dry fish usage increased during the pandemic?


Lockdowns have brought the globe to a standstill owing to a pandemic. The global economy, including India's, will have shrunk substantially by 2020. India's blue economy, especially the small-scale fishing sector, has suffered as a result of disruptions in the fish harvesting, market, and distribution network. Millions of people are affected heavily by the pandemic, which has caused hurdles to their employment, food and nutritional stability, as well as other social concerns.


At that period when the markets are shut down and shops are closed people are suffered economically and mentally too and many peoples who want to eat fish and other things were going online more than to go outside in market and shop, people are preferring online shopping more than going out and in that period fresh fishes are not much sold as compared to regular days because fisherman is also in lockdown so the fresh fishes they cant sell properly at that point of time the demand of dry fish increases and customers also taking care of the hygiene because in the open market like in fish market it's too much hard to maintain the hygiene so most of the people attract towards the dry fish and dry fish usage increased during the pandemic.


Now, Dried fish is a popular substitute for fresh fish in many parts of the country


People are resorting to dried fish yet more since the epidemic makes going to the store more difficult. In the presence of sodium, the drying process requires enzymatic or microbiological activity. Dry fish does have a shelf life of over years when properly packaged and kept. The intense flavour and overwhelming odour of dried fish give it an established taste. Smaller fish, such as shellfish and anchovy, are usually sundried, whereas fleshier species, such as kingfish, are not. Clean fish used to be rubbed with salt, wrapped in palm leaf bundles, and hung to evaporate; nowadays, machines do it And including Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh has been one of the nation's largest producers of dried fish. Over 5,000 fishermen, primarily women, make a living drying ribbonfish, lizard fish, sliver bellies, anchovies, sardines, and other oceanic fish in Visakhapatnam alone. Items are not only supplied to Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, and Bangladesh but also neighbouring states like Kerala.


In general, the region produces three to four tons of dried fish each day, which is sufficient for internal consumption. During peak season, the output might reach ten tons per day. After salting fresh seafood, the drying process takes 3 to 4 days, Nowadays the consumption of dry fish is more than before.


With some of these data, we can say yes the consumption of dry fish is increased from last 1 or 2 years after the pandemic the demand for dry fish increases and yeah dry fish usage increased during the pandemic now people are researching and breaking the myth that dry fish is unhygienic now they know the health benefits of the dry fish and the taste as well that's why dry fish usage increasing day by day.




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