BAN supports fish ban; asks locals to take up fish farming

DIMAPUR, OCT 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/10/2018 11:42:35 AM IST

Appreciating the State government for prohibiting sale of fish treated with harmful preservatives like formalin, Business Association of Nagas (BAN) has urged Naga people and entrepreneurs to venture into fish farming so that the State stopped relying on imported fish to meet local demand. 

In a statement issued by its media cell, the organisation said the role of fishery department in this regard was very important for technically upgrading fish farmers with modern methods of farming and facilitate in getting best breeds of fishlings so that the State became a fish-producing state.

According to BAN, total fish production currently in the State was 8,200 metric tonne, which covers about 30% of the total requirement of fish consumption in the state. It also urged the fishery department to pull up its socks to bridge the huge demand-supply gap in the State.

Meanwhile, stating that the onus was on the government to continue monitoring sale of fish in the State, most of which was imported from outside, the traders’ body called for developing a strict mechanism to test fish before it entered the local market. Proper testing and certification would increase the credibility of the government, it added. 

BAN explained that formalin was a chemical used to preserve bodies and prevent their decay in mortuaries. Its widespread use nowadays in the preservation of fish and other food items was posing a great threat to public health, it added.

The association thanked the health & family welfare department in particular as the ban would protect citizens from harmful cancer-causing and other hazardous chemicals. 

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