Dagupan bent on making exportation of bangus a top industry

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


DAGUPAN City Mayor Belen Fernandez is bent on making the exportation of Dagupan bangus (milkfish) in the international market as a top industry in the city within her term.

City Administrator Farah Decano said a tail-tagging facility for bangus will soon be put up to ensure that all the Dagupan bangus to be shipped to Manila and for export will have tags identifying them as originating from Dagupan.

She said the tail-tagging facility is set to be positioned adjacent the Dagupan Fishport, which is set to be built by the National Government near the Calmay River or at the vicinity of the Dagupan-Korea Seafood Processing Plant in Bonuan Binloc.

Decano said tail-tagging was the strategy to be adopted by the city to distinguish the Dagupan bangus from the rest of milkfish products from various parts of Pangasinan and the country.

But she said Mayor Fernandez needs the cooperation of bangus producers as there is a need to determine their volume of production to determine if they can sustain the supply year-round.

Before the Dagupan bangus can be exported, the city must determine the capacity of local producers to meet the required commodity for export, thus the need also to find out their schedule for harvesting and stocking fingerlings in their fishponds.

Decano said Mayor Fernandez, whose family is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Dagupan, is now in touch with experts in the bangus industry to find out how to further improve bangus production.

She said the mayor is getting the advice of Dr. Westly Rosario, chief of the Dagupan-based National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC), as well as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on how to bring the Dagupan bangus not only to the United States but also to other parts of the world where there are many Filipinos.

Of course, she said the Dagupan-Korean Seafood Processing Plant in Barangay Bonuan Binloc, now still being managed by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), can help a lot in putting more Dagupan bangus in the world market.

The processing plant is now producing processed milkfish from Dagupan now being shipped to the US but it has to be maximized yet to fully cater to the demands of an expanded export market. (PNA)

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