BFAR spear­heads fish­eries in­vest­ment fo­rum, ex­hibit

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY ERIKA MARIEL GINES Sun.Star Staff Writer

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Rec­og­niz­ing the im­por­tance of link­ing pro­duc­ers, buyers, and other play­ers in the fish­eries in­dus­try as well as pro­vid­ing new per­spec­tives on tech­nol­ogy com­mer­cial­iza­tion, the Bureau of Fish­eries and Aquatic Re­sources (BFAR) on Tues­day kicked off the Fish­eries In­vest­ment Fo­rum and Ex­hibit at Robin­sons Starmills in this city.

The two-day event, which gath­ered agriprenuers and en­trepreneurs from all over Cen­tral Lu­zon, was high­lighted by in­for­ma­tive dis­cus­sions on top­ics such as busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in fish pro­cess­ing and adapt­ing to the chal­lenges of Ti­lapia cul­ture.

More­over, the event also served as a vi­able venue for the fish­er­folk to dis­play their own pro­duce while part­ner in­sti­tu­tions got to show­case their R&D break­throughs in­clud­ing innovative prod­ucts, ser­vices, and com­mer­cia­ble tech­nolo­gies.

BFAR Re­gion III Di­rec­tor Lil­ian Gar­cia shared that it is im­por­tant to pro­vide mar­ket­ing and pro­mo­tional as­sis­tance to both par­ties, to fur­ther boost the re­gion’s di­verse and ro­bust fish­eries in­dus­try.

“We are one of the ma­jor con­trib­u­tors of food suf­fi­ciency in terms of aqua cul­ture and the lead­ing pro­ducer of Ti­lapia, ban­gus, and sugpo na­tion­wide. With that said, it is es­sen­tial that we work hand in hand with the in­dus­try play­ers so we can bring out their full po­ten­tial and help them profit and in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity, which even­tu­ally will im­prove our over­all pro­duc­tion in the re­gion,” she said.

She added that BFAR will con­tinue to aid fish­er­folk through the help of the pri­vate sec­tor and lo­cal gov­ern­ment units in the re­gion.

“There are many help­ing us. We are not alone in this mis­sion of em­pow­er­ing our fish­er­folk and MSMEs. We be­lieve that we can sus­tain the mo­men­tum of our fish­eries in­dus­try as we con­tinue to build strong part­ner­ship with our stake­hold­ers,” she noted.

Feed­mix Spe­cial­ist Inc. II Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Head Grace Balanza, for her part, ex­pressed sup­port to BFAR and the lo­cal fish farm­ers.

“We are one with BFAR in its vi­sion to grow the fish­eries in­dus­try here in Cen­tral Lu­zon, where we ac­tu­ally have the most num­ber of cus­tomers. It is our en­deavor to pro­vide fish­er­folk a wide va­ri­ety of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, so that to­gether we can cre­ate a more sus­tain­able fu­ture,” she re­layed.

San­teh Feeds Corp. Mar­ket­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tor Den­nis Rito, also shared the same mes­sage.

“We are re­ally com­mit­ted on reach­ing out to our fish farm­ers be­cause they are the ones who re­ally need sup­port when it comes to the tech­ni­cal and busi­ness side of the aqua cul­ture in­vest­ments. Of course, we also help them by pro­vid­ing high-qual­ity and af­ford­able prod­ucts that fit their de­mands,” he said.

— Chris Navarro

FISH NETS. Fourth District Con­gress­man Juan Pablo ‘Rimpy’P. Bon­doc and Board Mem­ber Pol Balin­git with BFAR of­fi­cials led the re­cent dis­tri­bu­tion of fish nets to fish­er­folks of Masan­tol and Ma­cabebe at the district of­fice of the solon.

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