Bohol Fish Market opens tomorrow
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the Department of Agriculture (DA) takes its first major step in addressing price manipulation in Bohol province by launching the ‘Bohol Fish Market’ tomorrow in Tagbilaran City.
The Bohol Fish Market, which will be operated by fishermen and their families and organized fish vendors, will initially offer 5 tons of fresh fish from the fishing grounds of Zamboanga, Basilan, Tawitawi and Sulu every week.
The volume of fish will be increased depending on the demand of the market.
“The establishment of the Bohol Fish Market is the DA’s response to the complaints of the island’s consumers of very expensive fish even when it is surrounded by rich fishing grounds,” Piñol said.
“A validation conducted by the DA showed that the fish trading in the island is controlled by a few big business groups which take advantage of the growing number of tourists by selling fish at ‘tourist prices’,” he added.
Roundscad or Galunggong is expected to be sold at the market not higher than P140 per kilo compared to the P200 being paid by Bohol consumers now.
Other sea products to be sold during the opening of the Bohol Fish Market are Squid, Tanguige, Tamban and other food security fish species.
Bohol Fish Market will be provided with an initial capitalization of P5 million by the DA Agricultural Credit Policy Council.