PH 4th top producer of tilapia across the globe-A A +A
Thursday, October 17, 2013
CLARK FREEPORT – Department of Agriculture regional director Andrew Villacorta yesterday said Central Luzon produces 44.94 percent of the 260,935 tons of tilapia produced in the country, helping it maintain position as the 4th tilapia producing country across the globe.
In the speech of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, read by Villacorta during the launching of the 4th Tilapia Congress held at the Fontana Convention Center yesterday, it was stated that “the Philippines has maintained its position among top tilapia producing countries, cornering eight percent of the total world production.”
Alcala was supposed to be guest-of-honor and speaker during the event but failed to attend due to other commitments.
With this, stakeholders and major players in the tilapia industry called for more production of the world-known commodity, to meet the growing demand globally.
BFAR National Director Atty. Asis Perez said tilapia is fast-becoming a bumper commodity. In fact it is one among seven commodities in which prices are being monitored in the markets.
“From local consumption, it is fast-becoming a global commodity,” said Perez in his speech during the two-day confab citing tilapia’s potentials in export industry.
The 4th Tilapia Congress will serve as an avenue of all stakeholders in the tilapia industry to plan on how to sustain production and elevate the country as one of the major suppliers of tilapia in the world, said BFAR3 Director Remedios Ongtangco.
She said the summit will discuss the tilapia roadmap of the Philippines which was presented in a series of consultations with the academe, research institutions, fishpond operators’ organizations, officers of the fisheries society and major suppliers of aquatic products, feeds and fingerlings.
“The meeting focused on three aspects including trends on local and global trade, food safety and adaptation to climate change,” Ongtangco pointed out in her opening speech.
Among the speakers are international experts from World Fish, Climate Change Commission and Infofish Trade Promotion.
The 4th Tilapia Congress is co-sponsored by Bureau of Agricultural Research, TATEH Aqua Feeds, World Fish, Farmchild Agri Enterprises, Feedmix, Charoen Pokphand Foods, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development, Freshjwater Aquaculture Center-Central Luzon State University, Bayer, Genomar Supreme Tilapia, Central Luzon Registered tilapia Hatchery Operators Multi-purpose Cooperative, Universal Scope Philippines, Philippine Fisheries Association, Integrated System for Development of Aquaculture, Inc., Department of Trade and Industry and TGA Foods Corporation. (PR)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 18, 2013.