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Goa: Ban fish import till Covid crisis over July 22,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

The local fishermen (ramponkars) associations of South Goa have vociferously demanded that no fish vehicles from outside the state be allowed into the state until the Covid crisis gets over, and that until then, the local catch be allowed to be sold in the wholesale fish market of Margao. This demand was put forth by a delegation of various ramponkars’ associations at a meeting convened by the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) chairperson Wilfred D’Sa on Tuesday.
“The government should first control the Covid situation and only then think of allowing outside fish into the wholesale fish market. All the fishermen associations made this stand clear to the SGPDA at the meeting,” Olencio Simoes of Goenchea Ramponkarancho Ekvott who was a part of the delegation told TOI after the meeting.

Pointing out that the fishing ban period would be ending soon, Simoes suggested against making any hurry in opening the wholesale fish market. “Let’s wait until the season starts. Once the ban period is over there will be more fish in the market,” he said, stressing that maintaining social distancing was practically impossible in the fish trade.

The ramponkar associations took exception to the SGPDA’s plan of allowing 20 vehicles from outside the state and

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