Vijayawada: Meghalaya Minister for Fisheries Coming One Ymbon has visited two fish production state in the country – Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to ensure that all fish consignments dispatched to Meghalaya doesn’t contain formalin or ammonia.
During his visit to the two States this week, Ymbon also visited many locations, including fish rearing sites, packaging units and transportation hubs.
Ymbon was accompanied by the Director of Fisheries, Aiti Mawlong, Assistant Director A. Jyrwa, D. Lyngdoh and Fisheries officer M. Khongjliw.
During his visit he also met the top officials of the Fisheries department and urged them to supply good quality of fish to Meghalaya.
In his address to the official of Andhra Pradesh, he told the official to check on fish before exporting to Meghalaya and to produce a quality certificate.
Meanwhile, the official from Andhra Pradesh led by Deputy Director of Fisheries, Yakub Basha have also agreed to continue with random checking of fish samples and at the same time to sensitise traders.
Yakub also informed that the Andhra Pradesh government has constituted a task force and a Multi Disciplinary Departmental Teams (MDDT) consisting of department of drugs, food safety, fisheries and revenue to conduct frequent inspections and Quality Control Labs for Formalin and Antibiotic testing in every district.
The Minister along with the officers, which would return from Andhra Pradesh on Friday after their tour would soon prepare a report on their visit to different locations.
Ymbon while speaking to media said, the other objective of the visit is to seek support from the department in the two states in terms of production.
He further said that, the government is keen to transform the state fisheries department, to enhance infrastructure and boost production of local fishes in Meghalaya.
Ymbon also informed that the state government has given due importance to the department to be self sufficiency in production
He hoped that once the demand for fish in the state which is about 27,000 metric tonnes annually is achieve, it will change help the farmers and their income and the support the state in revenue.