EIA’s fish-testing lab will take a year to become operational

NT NETWORK

Margao

Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar Saturday said that the
full-fledged laboratory, which is being set up at the South Goa Planning and
Development Authority (SGPDA) market complex in Margao, for carrying out
independent testing of fish and other food items will take a year to become
operational.

The laboratory is being set up by the Export Inspection
Agency.

Speaking to reporters, Palyekar said that presently work
is in progress and a lot of modalities are required to be put in place. The
minister said that it could take a year or even more for the laboratory to
become operational.

On the apprehensions about formalin in fish, the
Fisheries Minister said the health department has been monitoring the situation
and daily reports have been provided by the health department to the ministry
and they are available for public scrutiny. He said that people have nothing to
worry.

Meanwhile, Palyekar said that the state government is
putting a system in place for strict enforcement of ban on bull trawling and
use of LED lights for fishing ahead of the new fishing season.

The Fisheries Minister said that the 61-day fishing
ban is presently in force. However, the government is working on an effective
system to implement the ban on bull trawling and use of LED lights, he
said.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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