Markets in remote Papua New Guinean communities have been plagued with conflict and diseases for decades.
In many areas, the price for the animal’s meat is more than double the market price.
But now, in a region where conflicts have raged for decades, the prices of meat are rising, as the region’s traditional traders are being targeted by armed gangs.
The price of meat has soared, with one marketer reporting that a kilo of fish is selling for $20 to $30.
Marketer David Kia said he sells fish at $10 per kilogram (1.2kg), which is “just about double” the price he sold in his previous market in the town of Nambu in 2010.
Kia said that despite the high price of the fish, he is still struggling to survive.
“I’ve been living off the land for 25 years, and when the war broke out we didn’t have any money,” he said.
“My wife and I went to a refugee camp, and it was terrible.
We had to stay at a house, and there were so many problems with the government.”
Kia was not able to find a job as a fisherman in Papua New Hope in 2016, and he said that he was forced to leave his wife and four children behind.KIA said he is now selling fish at a market in his village, Nambulakang, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the town.
The market is one of the few markets in the remote community where people are able to purchase fresh fish for their families.
He said that the local community has not been able to afford to buy the fish due to the conflict and the high prices of other local businesses.
“There are many people who have been suffering because of the conflict,” Kia told Business Insider.
“We don’t have much income.
It’s hard to buy food for the family.”
He said that a recent surge in demand for fresh fish has been driven by a demand for locally grown and processed fish.
“There are a lot of fish that are sold in the market, but it is also sold in Papua Nyanza [a region where conflict and poverty continue to flare].”
I am not making much money, but we still have to feed the family,” he added.
The high prices at the market have been linked to rising tensions with armed groups.
A local government official said that during the recent conflict, armed groups killed more than 50 people.
“It is hard to feed our family, and they have no money to buy fresh fish.””
The local people, the local farmers, are the ones who are suffering,” he explained.
“It is hard to feed our family, and they have no money to buy fresh fish.”
But Kia is confident that his fish market will be able to survive without the threat of armed groups and conflict.
“People have been selling the fish at this market for 30 years.
I have seen the markets grow to about 10,000 people,” he told Business Independent.”
We are selling fish from Nambulu, which is a small village, so we are not worried about armed groups.”