QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Tuesday approved the import of 60,000 metric tons (MT) of fish to alleviate the projected fish supply shortfall in the first quarter of 2022.
DA Secretary William Dar signed the Certificate of Import Necessity (CNI) to provide response to agricultural damage from Typhoon Odette as well as reduced fish production due to closed season fishing.
“We are working on the DA-BFAR’s projection of a fish supply shortfall of 119,000 tonnes this quarter,” DA Secretary Dar said during the Laging Handa public briefing on January 18.
The agriculture chief added that the agency is strengthening the aquaculture sector to fill gaps in fish production and sustainably improve our catches.
The DA has allocated 50 million pesos from the Rapid Response Fund for the distribution of diesel/gasoline marine engines, the manufacture of durable fiberglass fishing boats and the distribution of fishing relief goods in areas affected by Odette .
Additional fishing interventions worth 35 million pesos were also distributed in the regions affected by the typhoon. (MCG, PIA-IDPD)