The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Palawan said Monday they will be distributing seven new seaweed solar driers this year, in addition to the eight units, they distributed last year, to boost the province’s production of quality seaweeds.
Mario Basaya, BFAR Palawan head, said that the distribution of seaweeds solar drier is part of their assistance to the fisherfolks who are engaged in seaweed culture.
“Sa pamamagitan nito mas matutulungan ng ating ahensya ang mga mangingisda na engaged in seaweed farming and culture na magkakaroon sila ng quality dried raw seaweeds at sa maganda ding presyo kasi maganda ang quality nito,” the BFAR head said.
Among the recipients of the solar driers are eight fisherfolk associations in the towns of Sofronio Española, Roxas, San Vicente, Brooke’s Point and Balabac.
The raw dried seaweeds in Palawan are processed into carrageenan in Cebu and Manila and is exported as raw materials for dairy cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.
Basaya explained that the seaweed solar drier has bamboo or wooden posts as a base and the drier is made of bamboo splits as flooring, nylon wire and nets. It has also covering to protect seaweeds from foreign matters and dust. Each unit costs around P20,000.
“Ito ay typical na bilaran merong kawayan o kahoy yung pinaka-poste, may nylon, may net at bamboo splits kasi mostly made of indigenous material ito. Meron itong lalagyan ng net para pag nag bilad sila mabilis matuyo ng hangin. Ito ay may pantakip din in case umulan” he described.
For this year, Basaya said that the seven fishermen group will receive seaweed solar driers are two units for Roxas, two units for Sofronio Española, two units for Quezon and one for Narra.