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Palawan gov’t asks BFAR to support seaweeds producing municipalities

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The Palawan Provincial Board has passed a resolution asking for a support for the seaweeds producing municipalities from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources or BFAR.

Several municipalities in Palawan have high agar-agar production rate such as Agutaya, Taytay, Cagayancillo, Roxas and Balabac.

“Isang panukala ang inakda ni Board Member Roseller S. Pineda na ipinasa naman ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan bilang Resolution No. 13861 na humihiling sa Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources o BFAR sa pamamagitan ni Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol na magtatag ng Village-Based Outreach Station sa mga munisipyo na may malaking produksyon ng seaweeds upang makapagbigay ng kabatiran patungkol sa mga pagbabago ng teknolohiya nito,” said the provincial government.

Citing data from BFAR, the resolution states that Palawan has the largest production of seaweeds in the country and third in whole Asia.

“Napakahalaga na mapangalagaan ang industriyang ito upang tuloy-tuloy itong mapalago at manatiling maganda ang kalidad ng agar-agar sa lalawigan nang sa gayon ay mapalawak pa ang kalakalan nito hindi lamang sa bansa kundi maging sa pandaigdigang merkado,” said the province.

Board Member Pineda said that use of synthetic fertilizers to boost the production of seaweeds should be prohibited as it affects its quality and lowers the carrageenan content.

“Samantala, ayon naman kay G. Edgardo C. Zabala, Jr., focal person ng Seaweed Industry Development Program ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan, dapat talagang pigilan ang paggamit ng fertilizers dahil hindi lamang ito nagpapababa ng carrageenan content ng seaweed bagkus ang sinasaboy na fertilizer ay nasasagap din ng mga harmful algae na kapag dumami ay magiging sanhi ng red tide o polusyon sa dagat,” said the province.