BBM to promote “mariculture” to help fishermen recover from pandemic

1 May 2022

PRESIDENTIAL frontrunner former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., will promote “mariculture” or marine farming to help fishermen recover from the pandemic when elected president in the fast -approaching May 9, 2022 national polls.

Marcos announced this recently during a virtual press conference with local newsmen from Bicol and Western Visayas regions as he lay down his plans for the agriculture sector as part of his priority programs to help affected fishermen recover from the effects pandemic.

“Sa mga mangingisda naman we will develop one of the exciting areas of fisheries that I think we can develop in the Philippines which is mariculture. That is already a very big market that’s very profitable,” Marcos said.

Mariculture or marine farming is being utilized in several parts of the country particularly in Pangasinan , but it is not yet known popular to many fisherfolks.

Mariculture in the Philippines refers to the culture of finfish, shellfish, seaweeds and other commodities in cages, pens, stakes and rafts in marine environment.

“We are only doing it, I think only in Pangasinan, may mariculture dun, we were producing fingerlings before in Ilocos Norte, dun namin dinadala sa Pangasinan, maganda talaga na possibilities diyan,” Marcos noted

Marcos also said that mariculture could be very productive particularly in our country as we are surrounded with fresh waters.

“Maraming potential diyan lalong-lalo na, we have more than 7,000 islands, sa palagay ko naman mayroon tayong mahahanap na bagay diyan,” Marcos averred.

He also insisted that government support is vital in the said program to sustain the productivity of our fishermen.

“But all of these new techniques have to be developed and they have to be brought up to our farmers, our fishermen, our livestock raisers, lahat yan kailangan madala natin sa kanila, tapos kapag mag-start ng production, ay dapat may suporta din ang gobyerno,” said Marcos.

Marcos highlighted the need for an all-out support by the government to farmers and one of the first things he would do after he assumes office is to bring down the prices of fertilizers and provide technical and material assistance to them.

He said one of the keys to improving lives and livelihood of most Filipinos, is for the government to fully support the agriculture sector.

Marcos added that fishery sector will receive a much-needed boost under his  administration by modernizing their fishing vessels and providing them with needed equipment to ensure their higher catch and safer voyage in the sea.

As part of the agriculture sector, Marcos said fishermen, as well as farmers, must have all new and best techniques and technologies.

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Mariculture isusulong ni BBM para matulungan ang mga mangingisda

PLANONG isulong ni presidential frontrunner former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., ang “mariculture” o marine farming upang mas matulungan ang mga mangingisdang makabangon muli mula sa pandemiya kapag siya ang nahalal na susunod na pangulo sa nalalapit na halalan.

Inihayag ito ni Marcos kamakailan sa isang virtual press conference kasama ang mga lokal na mamamahayag sa Bicol at Western Visayas regions kung saan kanyang inilatag ang kanyang mga plano para sa sektor ng agrikultura na isa sa kanyang mga priority program upang makatulong sa mga mangingisda na lubos na naapektuhan ng pandemiya.

“Sa mga mangingisda naman we will develop one of the exciting areas of fisheries that I think we can develop in the Philippines which is mariculture. That is already a very big market that’s very profitable,” sabi niya.

Ang mariculture o marine farming ay ginagawa na sa ibang parte ng bansa gaya sa Pangasinan, ngunit hindi pa ito lubos na pamilyar sa ibang mga mangingisda.

Ito ay ang ang pagsasaka ng isda, shellfish, seaweeds, at iba pang mga organismo sa pamamagitan ng cage farming at sea ranching.

“We are only doing it, I think only in Pangasinan, may mariculture dun, we were producing fingerlings before in Ilocos Norte, dun namin dinadala sa Pangasinan, maganda talaga na possibilities diyan,” sabi ni Marcos.

Aniya ang mariculture ay maaring maging produktibo dahil napapaligiran ang bansa ng sariwang tubig.

“Maraming potential diyan lalong-lalo na, we have more than 7,000 islands, sa palagay ko naman mayroon tayong mahahanap na bagay diyan,” dagdag niya..

Iginiit ni Marcos na mahalaga ang tulong ng pamahalaan upang mapanatili ang pagiging produktibo ng mga mangingisda sa ilalim ng programang ito.

“But all of these new techniques have to be developed and they have to be brought up to our farmers, our fishermen, our livestock raisers, lahat yan kailangan madala natin sa kanila, tapos kapag mag-start ng production, ay dapat may suporta din ang gobyerno,” sabi niya.

Binigyang-diin din ni Marcos ang pangangailangang mabigyan ng buong suporta ang mga magsasaka kaya’t sinisiguro niyang ang kanyang unang gagawin kapag siya ang nahalal ay ang pagpapababa ng presyo ng fertilizers at pagbibigay ng technical at material na tulong sa kanila.

Sabi niya ang isa sa mga susi upang mapabuti ang buhay at kabuhayan ng mga Pilipino ay ang mabigyan ng suporta ng pamahalaan ang sektor ng agrikultura.

Dagdag pa niya, ang sektor ng pangingisda ay makakatanggap din ng higit na kailangang tulong sa ilalim ng kanyang administrasiyon gaya ng pagbibigay ng mga makabagong fishing vessels at mga kailangang kagamitan upang masigurong sila ay makakahuli ng maraming isda at magiging ligtas habang naglalayag sa karagatan.

Bilang bahagi ng sektor ng agrikultura, sinabi ni Marcos na ang mga mangingisda, pati ang mga magsasaka, ay magkakaroon ng mga bago at pinakamahuhusay na pamamaraan at teknolohiya.

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