The province of Palawan is eyeing to boost the province’s aquaculture sector with China’s assistance under the China-Philippines Aquaculture Exchange forged between Manila and Beijing.
Jovic Fabello, spokesman of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) said the recent visit of a Chinese delegation under the program is expected to trigger investments in the province’s fisheries and aquaculture sector.
He said that the areas for cooperation between the Philippines and China include the establishment of a feed mill, establishment of the hatchery for high-value marine products, implementation of Climate Adaptive Technology and establishment of Integrated Fish Port for quick freeze and processing of fish and marine products.
A Chinese delegation visited Palawan in November 2017 as part of the program.
Fabello said discussions pertaining to the establishments of these facilities in Palawan are on-going as the two countries further strengthened its ties to develop the fishery sector.
During the visit of the Chinese delegation, the development of the seaweed industry in the province was presented by the Provincial Agriculture Office.
A series of activities were conducted by the city, province and USAID to help assist the seaweed farmers in the province. A series of meeting, consultations, capability building and training was conducted for the newly-formed Seaweed Network.
USAID city coordinator Cecilia Isubal said that as one of the emerging major industry in the province, a package of assistance has been extended to seaweed farmers in the province.
Fabello said that under the China-Philippines Aquaculture Exchange is the ongoing researches being conducted by the Western Philippines University (WPU).
Also, during the Chinese visit, PCSD presented its Reef-Fish-for-Food (RFF) policy and other policies related to aquaculture development.
The Chinese also visited the WPU research stations for abalone and other aquaculture initiatives.
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