MANILA – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Sources (BFAR) expects over 87,000 metric a glorious deal of bangus (milkfish) fry to be added to the local production once the 37 legislated hatcheries nationwide are executed.
“These newly legislated hatcheries, which would possibly very effectively be eyed to be executed in the foremost half of of this year, can quilt for the country’s food safety even with imaginable cuts from anticipated weather disturbances,” BFAR National Bangus Program focal person and Calabarzon Regional Director Willy Cruz said in an interview on Thursday.
Files from Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) confirmed that 446,382.19 MT of bangus fry had been produced in 2021. This comprises 205,486 MT from local sources while 245,354 MT are bangus fry that is imported from Indonesia.
Within the facts from BFAR, the 37 legislated hatcheries scattered across the country can elevate to 87,186 MT of bangus fry. Each and every hatchery would possibly assemble some 15,000 objects of bangus fry yearly.
There are 37 multi-species hatcheries and aquaculture services and products that need to be put up nationwide under 22 legal pointers passed during the 16th, 17th and 18th Congresses.
One other 21 are under construction and anticipated to be executed by the foremost half of of 2022, essentially based entirely on BFAR.
A budget of PHP635 million has been allotted for the hatcheries.
“The DA (Department of Agriculture)-BFAR’s Legislated Hatcheries Program targets to meet local necessities for aquaculture seed stocks, decrease dependence from imported fry, and finally augment the production of the Aquaculture sector,” BFAR said.
It said the program targets to assemble higher the diversity of cultivable species in the country, promote species diversification, and present a venue for fisheries extension services and products.
The foremost batch of the legislated hatcheries, in particular a multi-species marine hatchery located in Perez, Quezon, became inaugurated in December 2021. (PNA)