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Goa: Seafood set to get more expensive by Nida Sayed October 04,2021   |  Source: The Times of India

At the beginning of the previous fishing season, diesel stood at Rs 54 per litre — a price that trawler owners in Goa considered high in the face of the pandemic. Little did they anticipate that it would increase to Rs 94 per litre by the time the season ended in May. With fishing operations resuming and fuel prices touching Rs 100 per litre, boat operators, apprehensive about their margins and the consequent impact on fish prices, are seeking timely reimbursement of the VAT subsidy. “This is going to be very difficult for us,” a trawler owner from the Vasco fishing jetty, Cruz Cardozo said. “We require over 100 litres of fuel per day to operate, but it is not every day that we are able to get a good catch. Days on which we return to the jetty without any catch are hard, but with the rising fuel prices, such days are only going to get harder,” he said. There are a few states like Tamil Nadu where the state government gives boat operators a subsidy on the VAT charged for diesel. The VAT is approximately Rs 20 compared Rs 94 of the diesel price in Goa. Though fishermen in Goa are also entitled to a VAT subsidy, many boat owners claim that they are yet to get their reimbursement. “The state government has reduced the fuel subsidy for fishermen from Rs 50,000 to Rs


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