DA mulls building a ‘fish market’ in Baguio, Tarlac
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said following the successful launch of the Bohol Fish Market, towns and provinces which do not have fishing grounds like Baguio City, Bukidnon, Abra, Tarlac and North Cotabato will be the next destination of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) TienDA Fish Market program.
This, according to him, will ensure stable fish supply in provinces, which will eventually result to a decline in prices.
Piñol said that last week, the DA and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) opened the Bohol Fish Market in the Agriculture Promotions Center in Tagbilaran City in response to complaints of the island-province’s residents of unreasonably high prices of fish in the markets.
A validation made by a study team of the DA-BFAR showed that traders and middlemen controlled the trading of fish, including other agricultural products in the province, resulting in prices of the common table fish Galunggong soaring to as high as P220 per kilo.
The Bohol Fish Market was then planned and launched.
“The next Fish Market to be launched after Bohol will be in Baguio City where the DA has a facility within the Benguet State University compound, the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center,” Piñol said.
According to him, this program will be replicated nationwide to ensure stable supply of fish at affordable prices and to address the problem caused by the control by traders and middlemen of the food supply chain.