Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar Saturday said that the full-fledged laboratory, which is being set up at the South Goa Planning and Development Authority (SGPDA) market complex in Margao, for carrying out independent testing of fish and other food items will take a year to become operational.
The laboratory is being set up by the Export Inspection Agency.
Speaking to reporters, Palyekar said that presently work is in progress and a lot of modalities are required to be put in place. The minister said that it could take a year or even more for the laboratory to become operational.
On the apprehensions about formalin in fish, the Fisheries Minister said the health department has been monitoring the situation and daily reports have been provided by the health department to the ministry and they are available for public scrutiny. He said that people have nothing to worry.
Meanwhile, Palyekar said that the state government is putting a system in place for strict enforcement of ban on bull trawling and use of LED lights for fishing ahead of the new fishing season.
The Fisheries Minister said that the 61-day fishing
ban is presently in force. However, the government is working on an effective system to implement the ban on bull trawling and use of LED lights, he said.