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SOCCSKSARGEN SFFAII Meeting

Author: DA Communications Group | 10 February 2020

To sustain production and double the income of stakeholders, Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar pressed for the integration of results gathered through years of research, which aims to uplift and further improve the local tuna industry.

During a meeting with the members of the SOCCKSARGEN Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc (SFFAII) on February 8, 2020, the Secretary stressed that the results of the studies must be projected and institutionalized in the next 10-20 years.

The Secretary and the SFFAII members also discussed challenges faced by the industry players such as rising cost of operation and high shipping rate for domestic cargo. Other concerns discussed included the lack and/or non-enforcement of laws for unregulated fishing in municipal waters, pending regulations in support of sustainable fishing, increasing demands for certified fish products, port rehabilitation, and strategies to increase the production of tuna. (Photos by Alarico Nuestro, DA-AFID)