Porvorim: Even as State government has banned the import of fish from the neighbouring state due to fear of formalin being smeared on it, Goa’s Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar today told the House that there is no data maintained on supply of fish imported from outside.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar yesterday had announced ban on import of fish in the State till this month end following fears of formalin being used as a preservative on the commodity.
Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar during ongoing monsoon assembly session had tabled the Question on quantum of fish imported in the state.
“The Directorate collects the data of Marine and Inland fish catch from the respective jetties in Goa and data compilation is done on average basis, based on the data collected by the Departmental Personnel on monthly basis,” Palyekar has said in a written reply.
He said that there is no data maintained as far as supply of fish for domestic, commercial purpose.
“Further, the mechanism for other fish related products and import of products from other State like Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala is not available with the Department,” the minister added.
Answering to yet another question on the measures adopted to scale down prices of fish, Palyekar said that that Department has purchased five Mobile Fish Stalls to sell fish to public at five percent above whole sale rate.
Palyekar said that department intends to purchase four more mobile fish stalls, which will be done shortly.
The minister admitted that the department has no technical persons to check quality of the fish and that whenever a complaint is received the same is forwarded to the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).