Herald: Fish traders threaten agitation after consignment destroyed
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Fish traders threaten agitation after consignment destroyed

15 Dec 2018 06:34am IST

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15 Dec 2018 06:34am IST

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The FDA confiscated the fish and destroyed the commodity which was brought from Karwar claiming the traders did not have the permission to sell the fish in the wholesale market

PANJIM: Agitated fish traders from Margao wholesale fish market on Friday gheraoed officials of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) at Bambolim after their fish consignment was confiscated and destroyed. They have threatened to launch a State-wide agitation against the harassment meted out to them by the Government. 

FDA this morning confiscated and destroyed the fish consignment brought from Karwar claiming that they had no permission to sell the fish in the wholesale market. Government has given clear instructions to FDA not to allow any sale of fish in the State without compliance of the guidelines set under Food Safety Act. 

The aggrieved fish traders alleged that Karwar locals have stopped fish trucks from Goa in retaliation and have also deflated tyres of their vehicles. The traders have slammed Health Minister Vishwajit Rane for failing to resolve the issue pertaining to import of fish.  

“Since July till date, government has failed to resolve the issue related to fish import. Local small time fish traders are been harassed by the government. Our business is at stake. We are complying with the guidelines and the process is on. Government needs to consider this and grant some relaxation,” fish traders said. 

However, Health Minister has refused to give any relaxation sans compliance of the guidelines. “There is no question of granting any relaxation. The traders have to comply with all the guidelines. I am not going to bow down to any kind of pressure,” Rane said. 

Minister clarified the fish brought by Karwar fishermen was destroyed as they did not have  the trade license to sell the fish in the Margao wholesale market. “Hence, as per law, we have destroyed the consignment,” he stated. 

Rane said that there is no question of allowing fish to enter the State without compliance of the guidelines that include trade licence, FDA license, insulated vehicles, etc. 

“As far as 60kms radius is concerned for Maharashtra and Karnataka we are finding a way out. We have not come out with final solution because there are many traders who in the guise of small fishermen may will try to enter the state of Goa and we need to be very careful,” he said. 
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