[Reader-list] ‘Discuss FTA in Parliament’

Kshmendra Kaul kshmendra2005 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 24 13:31:03 IST 2009

Dear Peter
Why would any imported fish be cheaper than that caught and sold by the local 'fishing community across the country' ?
"Imported Fish" would have the additional costs of Long DistanceTransportation; Refrigeration; Financial Transaction Costs (Bank charges).
There must be something I am missing out on that would make the "Imported Fish" cheaper and would "impoverish" and "push the fishing community into a crisis". Perhaps you could clarify.

--- On Sun, 9/20/09, T Peter <peter.ksmtf at gmail.com> wrote:

From: T Peter <peter.ksmtf at gmail.com>
Subject: [Reader-list] ‘Discuss FTA in Parliament’
To: reader-list at sarai.net
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009, 10:55 PM

*‘Discuss FTA in Parliament’ *

*Date:20/09/2009* *URL:
Staff Reporter

   KOLLAM: Kerala Swathantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation State president T.
Peter has demanded that the Indo-ASEAN free trade agreement (FTA) be
comprehensively discussed in Parliament before being implemented.

He was inaugurating a seminar on ‘ASEAN agreement and its concerns along the
Kerala coast’ on Saturday.

The seminar was organised by the Kerala Matsysthozhilali Kshema Samithi.

Mr. Peter said the fishing community across the country feared that the
implementation of the agreement would impoverish them as 117 species of
edible fish caught and sold by them would be imported into the country on a
large scale. This would push the fishing community into a crisis.

He called upon all members of the community to shed their political
differences and come forward to oppose the agreement. He demanded that all
MPs from the State present the concerns of the community over the agreement
in Parliament.

The Chief Minister should take an all-party delegation and meet the Prime
Minister in this connection, he said.

Mr. Peter said fishermen would soon launch strong agitations against the
agreement. Samithi president Jose Vimal Raj presided.
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