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Goa mulls fee on trucks taking fish out of State

Press trust of India Panaji | Updated on January 09, 2018 Published on November 29, 2017

In a bid to discourage taking good quality fish out of Goa, the State government is mulling to impose tax on the trucks carrying fish for sale outside the State.

“We are seriously thinking of imposing a fee on the trucks that carry fish from Goa to the neighbouring States,” State Fisheries Minister Vinod Paliencar told reporters here on Wednesday.

He, however, said the fisheries department is yet to decide on the quantum of fee. “Imposing a fee might act as a deterrent for the fish traders and stop them from selling their catch outside the State,” he added.

Palienkar said every attempt would be made to discourage the export of fish from Goa as it leaves no good catch in the local markets.

Curbing illegal practices

The Minister said the State government is working overtime to curb “illegal practices” in the fishing trade. He said show-cause notices have been issued to the 300 fishermen for allegedly indulging in illegal practices.

The Goa government has increased the police presence along the fishing jetties in the state to stop any kind of illegalities he added.

Published on November 29, 2017
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