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Goa: Exporters rue peak season loss by Shoma Patnaik July 12,2019   |  Source: The Navhind Times

A year after the formalin-in-fish controversy erupted in the state, fish exporting units are relieved to have passed through the turbulent period. Seafood exporters said that the news of formalin-in-fish affected their business adversely and decreased the volume of exports from the state.

“Exporting units suffered during that period although they had nothing to do with the alleged contamination,” said a Corlim-based exporter. He said that unit owners suffered because of the aftereffects of the controversy which lasted for good six months from July 2018 to late December 2018. “The industry lost out on the peak months of fish availability during the period,” claimed the exporter. It is estimated that seafood exports from the state declined 14.6 per cent in volume to 50,571 tonne in 2017-18 to 43,199 tonne in 2018-19, as per the Marine Products Exports Development Authority (MPEDA.) However, according to seafood industry, the controversy did not affect the sentiments of their overseas customers as support was received from the Ministry of Commerce as well as MPEDA. Further the GCCI also appealed for permitting exporting units to carry out their trade without restrictions.

Goa’s seafood exporting industry gets 80 per cent of its fish requirements from other states.

 

© www.navhindtimes.in 2011

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