CHITTAGONG, June 26 : The fruit sellers of port city observed a seven-hour strike protesting the testing of formalin in fruits by defective machines and organised a press conference to put forward their demand.
The press conference of the Chittagong Fruit Sellers Association was held on Thursday afternoon at the Chittagong Press Club. Speakers alleged that the government officials have been harassing them by testing the fruits with defective machines.
General Secretary of the Association, M Alamgir read out a written statement while the President of the association Abdul Malek Chowdhury and other officials were present on the occasion.
The fruit sellers said that they had been paying revenue more than Tk 20 billion annually to the public exchequer by importing fruits as per the law of the land.
The association secretary said the imported fruits are tested by the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Agriculture Extension Directorate Laboratory.
With the approval of those organisations, the fruits are sold in the market. Alamgir said that the organisations don't give certificates if they find any harmful chemicals in the fruits.
The Association placed several demands to the government in the press conference.