The Fish trade in Andhra Pradesh is heading into a major crisis, as the BJP ruling states are stopping fish imports from AP. AP is one of the leading fish producers in India and it is one of the important revenue sources for AP’s GDP.
Andhra Pradesh has 2nd longest coasting line in India after Gujarat. Most of the farmers in AP depend on fish farming.
For the last two decades, AP has been exporting fish to the North Eastern States as the demand is huge for AP’s cultured river and pond fish. But the major shock came after BJP came to power either directly or in coalition with BJP in Manipur, Nagaland, and Meghalaya.
These states have now imposed the ban on AP fish imports, claiming that AP fishes have traces of a toxic chemical called ‘Formalin’.
AP farmers are in deep shock, hearing the complaints, as they have been farming the fish same way, they used to do over past 2 decades, how come complaints only now? questions the farmers.
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This will put large no. of AP farmers on road. On the flipside West Bengal, one of the biggest importers of AP fish is continuing to import AP fish, without any complaints where the government is not BJP.
Then they realized the current bad relations between TDP and BJP could be the major reason for the above complaints of North-Eastern States.
As AP gets its major share of revenue through transport, packing industries and ice factories taxes. BJP is aiming at attacking these transactions says the local leaders.
Seeing the above scenario, Is BJP really playing a foul game over AP and other Non-BJP govt’s questions many!