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BFAR Davao to Build Freshwater Nurseries

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PHILIPPINES - The Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Davao Region is to build nurseries for freshwater species of "Pangasius" (Cream Dory) and "Ulang" (freshwater shrimp) next year.

The move is designed to boost investment and more job opportunities for Filipinos in the region.

George Campeon, BFAR regional director, told the Balita news service the office will include the production of the Pangasius, catfish specie from Vietnam in the promotion next year.

"Pangasius has gained support from the business sector. It was promoted during the Mindanao Investment Conference recently held in Davao City," Mr Campeon said.

He said that the freshwater shrimp, Ulang is more expensive, but it is not a prize commodity and is not selling well in the market.

Mr Campeon had just attended an Ulang Summit at the National Integrated Fisheries Research in Dagupan, where they discussed the impediments to the shrimps' marketability, Balita says.

“To promote this specie, BFAR will be holding a caravan in the region to popularize ulang culture and as a table staple," he said.

He said BFAR expects to generate more employment and investment, believing that these species are suitable for the region.

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