Radio Alakal, the first community radio for fisherfolk, commenced on a trial basis in 15 coastal villages of Kerala, India, through a network of radio kiosks.
The recorded programmes were played through loudspeaker set up at three listening centres at valiathura, Veli and Poonthura. It will be functional formally after a few weeks. The kiosks are located near fish landing centres and in common spaces where fishermen congregate for work or leisure activities. The pilot project is promoted by a group of organisations, including the Kerala Swathantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation, South Indian Federations of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS), MJM Centre and Loyola College, Thiruvananthapuram. Apart from weather forecast, tidal height, conditions at sea and disaster warning, the programme content includes discussions and expert opinions on livelihood options, market information and interviews.