BFAR rolls out five-year plan for fisheries sector
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is kicking off the year by launching the Comprehensive National Fisheries Industry Development Plan (CNFIDP) which covers the government’s strategies for the industry in the next five years.
“With a plan crafted by the stakeholders for the fisheries industry through participatory approach, we are very confident that we will be seeing a more improved and globally competitive Philippine fisheries in the next five years,” Agriculture Undersecretary and BFAR national director Asis G. Perez said in a report by worldfishing.net.
What does it mean for the fisheries sector?
1. INCREASED BUDGET. There will be an increase in the annual budget from P6.3 billion to P6.7 billion. The additional funding will be used for livelihood programs that will benefit fisherfolk and their families, and are tailor fit for their areas of operation.
2. MORE FISH LANDING CENTERS. The BFAR aims to complete an additional 500 CFLCs in coastal communities to prevent post harvest losses which is usually pegged at 25 percent. The move seeks to reduce the number to 18 percent or lower.
3. ENHANCED REGISTRIES. The National Program for Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR) has now registered over 1.6 million municipal fisherfolk since it started in 2013 which the BDAR is expecting to increase in the next five years.
4. ENHANCED REGISTRATION OF FISHING VESSELS. The BFAR is also seeking to boost the National Program for Municipal Fishing Vessels and Gears Registration (BoatR), which has also registered over 138 thousand municipal fishing vessels.
The program seeks to improve the socio economic conditions of fisherfolk communities to uplift them from poverty.
It can be recalled that overall fisheries production increased by 1.80 percent during the third quarter of 2015 due to a boost in tuna production. The plan seeks to maintain the positive performance of the fisheries sector and further promote proper management of the country’s aquatic resources. (By: Angel Ong)