Fish business affected · very badly: vendors
The fish vendors from Margao retail fish market, on Monday, lambasted the government for not having made any efforts to restore the people’s trust in consumption of fish that is being sold by them at the market.
“People are still hesitant to buy fish from us. They come, see the fish from far off and walk past us. There are no buyers. The government says, there is no formalin in fish, but the people do not listen to them. We are confused,” a fish vendor lamented.
She and several others said that their business is affected very badly.
“When the business was normalizing, the issue was raked up by the opposition party. Politic cannot be played here,” commented the president of the Retail Fish Vendors Association Felix Gonsalves.
This reporter witnessed during a brief halt how the people visited the market but did not show any interest in buying the fish.
Few were seen purchasing the fish here. When this reporters made an attempt to know the buyers point of view, a woman at the retail market said that they cannot believe the government’s voice on the fish issue and risk their lives by consuming the contaminated fish.
“The wise step would on the part of the government would have been to ban the fish import. If the government ban the fish import, I am confident that in next eight to ten days, the people will start consuming the fish and there would be restoration of trust,” voiced another middle-aged fish eater.