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Fishermen give govt 14 days to respond on gas

File photo: Marshelle Haseley
File photo: Marshelle Haseley

San Fernando fishermen have given government 14 days to respond to their concerns over the decision to stop importing regular gasoline.

Although prices have already begun to climb, a number of fishermen have not gone out to sea saying they were only “breaking even” on any given day.

According to the latest wholesale prices as listed on the National Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation (NAMDEVCO) website, kingfish is being sold at $55.12 per kilogram and carite and red fish are being sold for $57.32 and $44.09 per kilogram respectively. Medium-sized shrimp is fetching $61.73 per kilogram.

In a phone interview yesterday, San Fernando Fishing Co-operative Society public relations officer Imran Ali said the group had written to both the ministries of Energy and Agriculture about its concerns but had not received a response from either .

"We give them 14 days to respond," he said, "so we waiting until that 14 days period to pass, but up to now we have not gotten a response and then we will know what steps we are taking after that.”

The 14 days will expire on January 25.

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