The Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), in partnership with the Philippine Shrimp Industry (PHILSHRIMP) and the Negros Prawn Producers Cooperative (NPPC), stages the 12th Philippine National Shrimp Congress at the SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City from November 20 to 22, 2019.
With the theme “Strengthening Synergies Towards a Progressive Shrimp Industry of Global Competitive Advantage,” the Congress gathers key industry leaders, policy-makers, academe groups and other stakeholders from the shrimp industry, featuring experts from all over the globe to talk about shrimp management practices.
Local and foreign resource speakers discussed the importance of shrimp farming in the country and shared the latest technologies on hatchery operations, grow out farm and fish health management techniques.
For more than a decade, the shrimp congress served as venue for establishing linkages and networks, especially among shrimp growers and hatchery operators to improve their production and develop better quality shrimp products for enhanced product marketability.
Senator Cynthia Villar who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Agriculture and Food graced the event as the keynote speaker. In her speech, Senator Villar urged the delegates to push for sustainable fishing industry for food security.
“There should be a balancing act between protecting the oceans and providing food security. Sustainable fisheries and better fishery management are really the goal for us”, she said.
In a message of Agriculture Secretary William Dar delivered by BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona, Secretary Dar highlighted the contribution of the local shrimp industry to the country’s overall aquaculture production.
“The shrimp industry plays a prominent part in the rise of the aquaculture sector, as exemplified by the increase in the production value,” he said.
For its part, the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) through the National Shrimp Program has been enacting measures ensuring sustainable shrimp production. This includes prevention of diseases, implementation of traceability mechanisms such as the registration of grow-out farms and hatcheries, importation of healthy broodstock, and researches on more nutritious and cheaper feeds. A reference book called the Shrimp Farmers Manual was launched during the Opening Ceremony to help out shrimp growers learn proper and cost-effective shrimp farming practices.
In 2018, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority records the Philippines’ total aquaculture production at 2.3 million metric tons, of which shrimp production is more than 47, 000 metric tons. ### (Information and Fisherfolk Coordination Unit, BUREAU OF FISHERIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES)