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Weeds: The next big thing in agri. No, It’s not what you think

Weeds, anyone? Nope, it’s not what you think it is.

Seaweeds are now drivers of a major sector, even though their full potential is still yet to be explored in the country, said president of the Seaweeds Industry Association of the Philippines, Alfredo Pedrosa.

“We have total farmable area of 200,000 hectares along the coastlines, of which only 60,000 are used for seaweeds. The municipal waters consist of 15 kilometers from shoreline but seaweed farms are located only up to the second kilometer. What about from the third to the 15th km? We can put up seaweed farms there,” Pedrosa said.

Pedrosa shared the challenges and opportunities of seaweeds in the market during the 1st national aquaculture summit held here on July 7-8.

The summit was a project between the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Philippine Association of Fish Producers Inc.

“The country’s water space can produce one million metric tons (MT) of seaweed, but in 2015, production was only 100,000 MT, way below the 2014 production of 1.4 million MT. “We are off by 900,000 MT,” Pedrosa said in the report.

“We have to make it attractive to the millennials by way of entrepreneurship. That is the missing link,” he added.



 

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