SHILLONG, August 02: The Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government is attempting to locate the source of the formalin laced fish which had been detected in the state and in this regard has directed the officials of the department concerned to look into this issue.
Informing this here on Thursday, Minister in-charge of Fisheries Comingone Ymbon informed that he had directed his officials to also find the source of formalin-laced fish which was supplied to the state.
“After this, we will take a call because action has to be taken as it concerns the health and well being of the people of the state,” he said.
Ymbon said that the instruction was issued after the fish traders especially those from Andhra Pradesh had categorically denied using hazardous chemicals like formalin.
On July 23, the Meghalaya government had imposed a fifteen days ban on the import and sale of fish brought from outside the state after reports indicated traces of cancer causing chemical ‘formalin’.
In this regard, Ymbon said a review meeting will be called before the government decides to lift the ban.
“I have asked the officials to start preparing a detailed report on the matter. Even if we decide to lift the ban, we will still continue to conduct tests on the fish,” he said.
Ymbon said that the people should not have any fear in consuming local fish as reports have indicated that these are safe and free of any chemical preservatives. He added that if there is any prohibition on the sale of local fish the department will take necessary action.
Speaking about the Aqua culture mission, Ymbon said that the local fish production has increased to 8,000 metric tons since the launch of the mission while however adding that the state is still depending on places outside the state for up to 21,000 metric tons of fish.
He informed from the 25,000 fish ponds targeted under the mission, so far 17,000 have been constructed and implemented. “However, around 7,000 plus applications are still lying pending with the bank for clearance,” he said.
Ymbon informed that under the scheme, 60 per cent is the subsidy from the state government while 25 per cent is the loan component and 15 per cent own contribution.