THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon (BFAR-3) recently convened fishery stakeholders in Central Luzon for its annual Regional Fisheries Food Summit.
At least 160 participants from the major aquaculture industries, the provincial local government, commercial and municipal capture, post-harvest and trade marketing sectors, national government agencies, and state universities and colleges attended the event to discuss concerns on agricultural fishery in the region.
According to BFAR-3 Regional Director Wildredo Cruz, this year’s summit was aimed at discussing issues and concerns in relation to the agency’s proposed strategy to further modernize agriculture in the country.
In particular, the summit discussed how to implement the “New Thinking” strategy introduced by newly-appointed Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar to empower farmers, fisherfolks, and private sectors in acquiring higher productivity and profitability through agriculture sustainability and resilience.
According to Dar, the strategy will be implemented by following the “8 Paradigm” which include continuity of modernization in the agriculture sector, industrialization of agriculture, promotion of exports, consolidation of small-and-medium-size farms, infrastructure development, allocation of higher budget and investment, country’s legislative support, and creation of comprehensive roadmap development.
“It is the vision of the secretary to reorient and reinvent Philippine agriculture and direct it towards the path of modernization and industrialization thereby increasing and improving the livelihood and economic status of our fisherfolks and farmers,” said Cruz.
During the summit, Cruz said BFAR was able to impart the knowledge needed by fisherfolk and stakeholders to ensure the unified approach to further modernizing the country’s agriculture sector.