The First National Aquaculture Summit will be held on July 7-8, 2016 at the Leisure Coast Resort in Dagupan City under the auspices of the Philippine Association of Fish Producers, Inc. (PAFPI) together with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
This was announced by Joseph Martin H. Borromeo, PAFPI national president, who said the theme is “Market Oriented Aquaculture, Key to Viable and Resilient Industry.”
Borromeo said that it is about time the players in the aquaculture industry worked together as one to address the various concerns like high cost of feeds, high cost of electricity, efficient marketing and other problems.
Several years back, the cost of feeds was P12 per kilo and the selling price of 500-gram bangus was P80 per kilo. Today, the cost of feed is about P24 per kilo but the farmgate price of bangus (500 grams each) is still P80 as per Michael Garcia of FN Garcia Farm in Anda, Pangasinan. The problem is that in the retail market, the price is practically double the farmgate price. This anomalous situation has to be addressed so that the fish farmers will get their just reward.
Borromeo said: “While we remain focused on the continual enhancement of productivity through better processes, new techniques and emerging technologies, PAFPI likewise envisions that our discussions during the summit will lead us to new and better ways of preserving the quality and freshness of our products, while we aggressively strive to expand our reach and sustained availability in all identified markets.”