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Markets wear deserted look; vendors raise fists of fury

13th July 2018, 03:05 Hrs

MARGAO: Goa’s lone wholesale fish market at Margao was shut down. Around 11 am, activity in the SGPDA retail fish market came to a halt as most of the fish vendors expressed their solidarity with the wholesale fish agents hit by the FDA raids earlier in the morning. Agitated wholesale fish agents and other fishermen later met TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai, seeking his intervention to stop the harassment meted out to them by the FDA officials.   

MAPUSA: Goan’s staple diet, however, was available in plenty later in the evening after FDA gave a clean chit to the fish consignment. Most of the fish vendors in Mapusa, who mostly depend on the Margao wholesale market for their fish consignment during the monsoon, failed to get their quota after the FDA disallowed sale of “contaminated” fish in Margao. The initial examination found presence of formalin in the fish transported from other States to Goa.

PONDA: Fish sales were severely affected at the Ponda fish market on Thursday, due to acute fish shortage following the raid at the wholesale fish market in Margao.The FDA had raided vehicles laden with fish and had taken samples to check whether the fish had been contaminated with formalin. The Ponda fish market, which does a business of about Rs 6-7 lakh each day and is usually crowded, was virtually deserted on Thursday. >> See pg 2