Negros Occidental hosts 11th National Shrimp Congress
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.