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Government Steps in to Curb Price Hike

by Ellen Hardy
20 February 2008, at 12:00am

OMAN - All restrictions have been lifted on fish imports as part of emergency measures to contain rising price of fish in Oman's the local market.

The authorities have also reached agreements with local fisheries companies to allocate larger portions of their output to meet domestic demand, said Fisheries Minister Dr Hamad bin Said Al Oufi.

Prices of fish and fish products have been shooting up in the country for the past many months together with those of most other commodities of daily consumption.

Oufi said limits on fish imports had been removed and stricter health control procedures had been enforced at ports to ensure the health and safety of consumers. Following an agreement with private fish marketing companies, they had now started selling their products in larger quantities in the local market at ‘suitable prices’.

The ministry is also considering opening shops to sell fresh and frozen fish and fish products in the various regions in association with the ‘Sanad’ - a programme that supports business venture by young people.

A number of private firms have agreed to provide these stores with supplies.

“Several new shops will be opened soon in the wilayats of Nizwa and Ibri. These shops will make available fish all day long at competitive prices and high quality,” said Oufi. Oman's government is also trying to increase fish production by encouraging fishermen to choose bigger fishing vessels and adopt modern production techniques.

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Ellen Hardy