Demand for Davao’s lapu-lapu increases
With President Duterte’s ascension to office, Davao City attracted a lot of attention recently, which led to a surge of visitors. This benefitted a lot of establishments in the city, including restaurant owners and food suppliers.
Davao is popular for its Durian delicacies, but visitors also enjoy devouring local seafood in the city. A report from MindaNews.com said that among the food that had a surge in demand is grouper, or fish commonly called lapu-lapu.
Lauro Tito Ilagan, one of the establishments’ source for their live grouper supply, said in the report that he estimates orders for lapu-lapu went up by around 30%, based on his own dealings and transactions with them.
“But that’s just for lapu-lapu,” he said, “I can’t speak for other popular fare, like crabs and lobster, but whenever they call, they always ask if I’m also selling any of these other stuff.”
Ilagan has been acknowledged exclusively as a grouper farmer, and was partly in charge for improving the technology for grouper farming in the Philippines over the past years and in helping in teaching the practice to municipal fisherfolk in the country, MindaNews.com said.
“Not a lot of consumers are aware that the lapu-lapu they order in restaurants are mostly grown in marine fish cages, pretty much like our favorite bangus.” He added, however, that farming this local delicacy is much more intricate and it takes much longer at 4-6 months to attain the preferred market size.