[Philippines] A top official of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has encouraged the farmers to produce quality seaweeds so they could earn more.
BFAR regional director Isidro Velayo Jr. made the encouragement after reports reached his office that the seaweeds coming from Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao) are adulterated.
Velayo said reports showed that farmers add rock salt to increase the seaweeds’ weight and for fast drying, which affect the price of the seaweeds.
There are around 25,000 seaweed farmers in the region.
Velayo said they have allocated P10 million to assist the seaweed farmers improve their products by conducting trainings and providing quality seedlings and dryers.
He said Zamboanga Peninsula (Western Mindanao) is a major producer of seaweeds in the country. The prevailing prices of seaweeds is P30 a kilo.
The locally-produced seaweeds are exported to Europe, United States, China, and other countries.
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