Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal hosts 11th Na­tional Shrimp Congress

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THE PRO­VIN­CIAL GOV­ERN­MENT of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, led by Gov­er­nor Al­fredo G. Marañon Jr., re­cently hosted the 11th Na­tional Shrimp Congress with the theme, “Sus­tain­able Shrimp In­dus­try: Uni­fied Di­rec­tion To­wards Pro­duc­tion and Growth.”

The three day event, spon­sored by the Philip­pine Shrimp and the Ne­gros Prawn Pro­duc­ers Co­op­er­a­tive, was held at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Ba­colod City. Thou­sands of del­e­gates, visi­tors, and stake­hold­ers of the coun­try’s shrimp in­dus­try, like shrimp farm­ers, hatch­ery op­er­a­tors, feed millers, traders and ex­porters, pri­vate and gov­ern­ment re­searchers, and mem­bers of the academe gath­ered at the venue to ex­change their ex­pe­ri­ences and tech­ni­cal know-how. Speak­ers from abroad and dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try were in­vited to share their re­spec­tive stud­ies about shrimp cul­ture. It can be re­called that dur­ing the 1980s, the Philip­pines was the lead­ing ex­porter of shrimp. Be­cause of this, even Thai Am­bas­sador Tha­natip Upatis­ing—who also graced the event—said the gov­ern­ment should start re­viv­ing the in­dus­try by pro­vid­ing the lo­cal farm­ers with tech­no­log­i­cal as­sis­tance.

Upatis­ing said that technology and as­sis­tance must be pro­vided to the lo­cal shrimp grow­ers, in­clud­ing al­low­ing ad­di­tional pri­vate in­vest­ments to come in to boost their in­come. “As you can see, the Philip­pine in­dus­try is con­trolled only by small groups and play­ers. We need to let more peo­ple come in to have a fair mar­ket com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

Dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­monies, Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (DA) Sec­re­tary Em­manuel B. Piñol turned over some PhP 20 mil­lion as a loan pack­age to a farm­ers’ group in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal through the Ne­gros Co­op­er­a­tive Bank. DIS­EASE PRE­VEN­TION: The lo­cal in­dus­try may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a set­back due to the preva­lence of cer­tain vi­ral dis­eases. But de­spite the var­i­ous prob­lems con­fronting the sec­tor, the pro­duc­tion of shrimp in the Philip­pines is said to be in­creas­ing.

In view of this de­vel­op­ment, sev­eral in­dus­try play­ers in the coun­try are now ap­ply­ing par­tic­u­lar meth­ods and tech­nolo­gies to re­duce or pre­vent the occurrence of dis­eases, and to im­prove yields through sound man­age­ment

Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Al­fredo G. Marañon Jr. (right) leads the rib­bon cut­ting which for­mally opened the 11th Na­tional Shrimp Congress at the SMX Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Ba­colod City.

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