Pangasius fish industry gets DTI boost in ZamPen

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/25 November 2011–The Pangasius fish industry in the region receives Philippine government support as the Region 9 Office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is spearheading a series of activities this month. It is also meant to heighten the awareness and appreciation of the Pangasius fish (also known as Cream Dory) among consumers in this part of the country.

DTI Regional Director Nazrullah Manzur disclosed that the activities will kick off on November 27, 2011 with the scheduled visit to the three Pangasius farms based in Zamboanga City.

First to be visited is the sprawling fish farm of the Southern Philippine Development Authority in Vitali in the morning of 27 November 2011. Next to be visited is the Pangasius pond of Mr. Ricardo Marmoleño at his Ram Agro Industries Compound in Suterville, and finally, the Zamboanga Pangasius Farm situated in Calarian, this city.

The farm visits according to Manzur are intended to gather firsthand information and  assess the operations of the Pangasius farms in the City.

The second activity will be the conduct of the regional Pangasius stakeholders meeting the following day, 28 November  at Zamboanga City’s Grand Astoria Hotel.

Expected to attend the meeting are the Pangasius farmers, processors, restaurant operators and caterers, as well as buyers of Pangasius fish in the city and from the other provinces in Region 9.

Invited resource speakers to the consultative meeting are Dr. Aida Palma of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and DTI-12 Assistant Regional Director Dorecita Delima who is also DTI’s national champion for the Pangasius industry.

Palma will present the industry clustering and value chain approach of Pangasius while Director Delima will facilitate the setting of the development directions from 2012 to 2016 and to identify strategic projects for 2012 based on the SWOT analysis of the industry.

Finally, there will be a Pangasius culinary event to be conducted on 29 November, still at the Grand Astoria Hotel. It will feature several food preparations using Pangasius fish by participating schools in the city.

Pangasius, according to Manzur, belongs to the catfish family. It is farmed extensively in other ASEAN countries, particularly Vietnam for their domestic and export markets.

Here in the Philippines, Pangasius farming was first piloted in Regions 4 and 12. It has since taken inroads into the domestic market all over the Philippines, including Zamboanga City because of the exquisite texture, white color and taste of the said fish. (Ref:  Lowell Vallecer, DTI 9)

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