Fish markets to be established in Bohol
To bring down the cost of fish in Bohol, the Department of Agriculture will establish fish markets across the province.
“For an island province surrounded by traditional fishing grounds in the Visayas, Bohol stands out as one of the areas in the country with the most expensive fish sold in the markets,” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said.
“In fact, the lowly Galunggong priced in Metro Manila markets at an average of P140 per kilo is sold in Bohol for P200 per kilo,” he added.
As an immediate action, Piñol directed Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona to “flood” Bohol with fish sources from nearby provinces, including the fish-rich Zamboanga del Norte which is located south of the island.
BFAR also turned over 55 units of fiberglass fishing boats to local fishermen.
“I also asked BFAR to support fishermen’s groups in developing fish farming using fish cages to be established in the many coves of the island,” Piñol said.
As of now, BFAR’s Bohol Bangus Hatchery is the top producer of fry, supply fishponds all over the country with about 8 million fry every month.
The DA will also open a loaning program for fish cage farming and fishpond development in the province.
Cold storage and ice-making facilities will also be established in the different fishing grounds of the province to provide post-harvest facilities.