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Alcala Promotes Crab Production to Quezon Farmers

9 March 2012, at 12:00am

PHILIPPINES - Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala encouraged Quezon farmers recently to diversify and try crab production and to avoid illegal fishing activities in the sea under the jurisdiction of the province.

The secretary said Quezon province is rich in fishing grounds, a good source of marine products that the local government units should protect by strictly imposing ordinances and other laws against illegal fishing.

He added the Department of Agriculture (DA) can provide trainings on crab production to small fishermen to provide them with alternative sources of income.

"Quezon province has long shorelines that are suitable for crab production. If more fishermen engage in crab production, the province may become the crab capital of Luzon or perhaps the entire contry," Mr Alcala said, adding that demand in crabs is high in Metro Manila, thus it's about time for fishermen to attemp crab produciton.

Meanwhile, Mr Alcala said the propagation of organic farming is one of the priority programs of DA which was one of his major programs in the 2nd district of Quezon during his term as representative.

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