BFAR warns seaweed farmers vs adulteration
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) cautioned seaweed farmers not to add rock salt to their seaweed so as not to risk the quality and price of their products.
The Philippine News Agency reported that BFAR-Zamboanga Peninsula has allocated P10 million to help seaweed farmers improve the quality of their seaweed products.
PNA quoted regional director Isidro Pelayo Jr. as saying he has received reports that farmers add rock salt to seaweed to increase its weight and hasten the drying process.
Pelayo said his office will train the seaweed farmers on proper drying to maintain product quality and will give them better seedlings and dryers.
Zamboanga Peninsula is major producer of seaweed, and is home to more than 25,000 seaweed farmers. Its products are exported to Europe, the United States, China and other countries.