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Philippines government prepares plan to sell fish in remote areas

Staff Writer |
The Bureau of Fisheries and the Philippine Fishports Development Authority have come up with a nationwide programme to facilitate the distribution of fish straight from the fish ports to the remote towns of the country.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the programme called “Isda sa Kabukiran” or "Fish in the Rural Areas" would entail the direct involvement of the BFAR and the PFDA in a distribution system wherein the fishing communities and fishermen would be organised and provided with ice-making and cold storage facilities.

From the cold storage facilities, fish would then be brought by fish cars owned by the fishermen’s associations to strategic locations in the interior areas called the Provincial Fish Distribution Centers.

The Centers would be equipped with cold storage and ice-making facilities where fish vendors could buy wholesale for resale in the wet markets.

In other more remote areas, a municipal Fish Distribution Center could also be set up where local vendors could also buy wholesale at a lower price.

Piñol noted that in many fishing grounds, up to 40 per cent of the fish catch is lost to spoilage simply because there are no cold storage or ice-making facilities.

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