Mangaluru, Nov 18, 2018: After the Goa government banned fish import into the state for six months following a scare in the coastal state that formalin (a chemical) was being used to preserve fish, Minister UT Khader said a meeting in this regard will soon be held with the Goa government. Upping the ante, fishermen in Karwar blocked fish-laden trucks to Kerala at the Goa-Karnataka border.
Speaking to reporters in Mangaluru on Saturday, U T Khader said the state fishermen are in deep trouble because of the ban and the state will intervene to solve the issue. “I have discussed the problems of fishermen with the Minister for Fisheries. Since there is a cabinet meeting on November 19, Karwar district in-charge minister, Fisheries minister and I will discuss the issue in detail and then take it up with the Goa government.”
Opposing the Goa government’s move, he said. “A ban of this nature without proper intimation is not acceptable. They are making allegations without any evidence. People from there can come here and eat fish, but they do not want to eat our fish there. In case there is a problem, the Goa government could have taken it up with the Fisheries department and in case of an issue, they could have given us a deadline to solve the issue.”
He said Karnataka too can rake up problems with liqour produced in Goa. “Just as Goa has banned our fish, we can also say that their liquor has issues. We live in a democracy and it is not right to impose such trade restrictions on states. The issue will be taken up in the state cabinet meeting as well.” Bangalore Mirror recently reported fishermen would stop trucks carrying fish from Goa to Kerala through the state. And on Saturday, fishermen outfits in Karwar and Ankola held a protest at Majali check-post on Goa-Karnataka border on Saturday.
The protesters later blocked lorries carrying fish from Goa into Karnataka and threatened to intensify protests in the coming days.
Courtesy: Bangalore Mirror