BFAR assures sufficient fish supply amidst COVID-19


In spite of the triggered disruptions wreaked by COVID-19 on the food supply chain, the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) assures Filipinos that the Philippines will continue to have adequate fish supply for the majority of the population throughout the year.

Based on DA-BFAR’s official forecast, the country’s total fish supply can reach up to 3.35 million metric tons (MT), slightly exceeding the demand of 3.33 million MT by yearend. For the second quarter alone, the country will enjoy an 11-day surplus equivalent to 101,792 MT, with a 934,920 MT supply exceeding the 833,128 MT demand.

“With the lifting of the close fishing season in major fishing areas in the country and the peak of fishing activities during the second quarter, we have enough supply of fresh fish in the market,” said Agriculture Secretary William Dar in an interview published in Manila Bulletin (Sufficient fish supply assured amid COVID-19, 05/02/2020).

According to Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) General Manager Glen Pangapalan, they have so far facilitated the unloading of 71,025 MT of fish or an average of 2,088 MT daily since the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the Philippines.

At present, there are nine (9) regional fish ports in the country located in Navotas, Lucena, Sual, Camaligan, Bulan, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Davao, and General Santos.

Pangapalan stressed that all these fish ports are continuously operating to further meet the demand. However, he said that adequate fishing ports and post-harvest facilities are still critical to fully develop the fisheries sector.

Presently, the wholesale prices of popular fish species sold at all PFDA regional fish ports have remained stable compared with other commercial species. He was referring to products like bangus, tilapia, galunggong, yellowfin Tuna, and matambaka.

Moreover, Secretary Dar assured the fishing industry that DA will continue to collaborate with other government agencies and the private sector to tackle important issues and concerns affecting the fishing sector.


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