THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) is providing its fish market linkage program to people and teams that need to donate to neighborhood pantries in Metro Manila.
Agriculture Undersecretary Cheryl Marie Natividad-Caballero mentioned in a radio interview on Thursday that donors to the give-and-take meals help drive can faucet the “Oplan Isda” of the DA’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Assets (BFAR).
“Producers are linked on to retailers. Fish merchandise bought underneath the initiative is not going to be removed from the farmgate value. Bangus (milkfish) might be bought at P110 to P120 per kilogram, and tilapia at P85 to P95 per kilogram,” Ms. Caballero mentioned.
“We’re additionally providing different fish merchandise resembling galunggong (roundscad), alumahan, and shellfish, amongst others,” she added. The mission is present process a check run in Valenzuela Metropolis and Quezon Metropolis.
“There are two cooperatives that the BFAR is coordinating with, since it’s the one shopping for fisheries produce in bulk and shall be distributed to sellers or donors who want to distribute to neighborhood pantries,” she mentioned.
In the meantime, the DA official additionally mentioned the nation has intensive provide for fish merchandise amid meals sufficiency considerations arising from Chinese language presence within the West Philippine Sea.
“The nation has sufficient fish provide. When it comes to the West Philippine Sea challenge, fishing is a proper of each Filipino particularly inside the nation’s unique financial zone. And the federal government will proceed to determine that and shield its constituents,” she mentioned. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave