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Cold Storage to Heat up Dapitan Fish Industry

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PHILIPPINES - A P40-million cold storage facility is to be placed at Barangay San Pedro, Dapitan City in order to facilitate the growth of the local fishing industry.

National director Malcolm Sarmiento Jr. of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recently disclosed that he had already seen the project site when he surveyed it together with Zamboanga del Norte Governor Rolando E. Yebes., Dapitan City Vice Mayor Patri Chan and BFAR Regional Director Virgilio Alforque.

The facility shall have a capacity of 400 tons storage including its chill room, contact freezer and other facilities.

Since its funding is already available, BFAR has asked the province its counterpart, which is the preparation of its project site.

It was projected that once the facility is completed, the sardines processors of the province will no longer experience the lean supply of fishes from November to February.

Once there would be big catch in other months, the fishermen would no longer depend on the local market as they could store their catch at the facility and wait for a good price.

Meanwhile, Sarmiento found that BFAR-ZaNorte Multi-Specie Fish Hatchery at Upper Irasan in Roxas town had no incubators and ordered their installation to complete the said facility.

Both Yebes and Sarmiento agreed that local agriculture personnel shall undergo training at Muñoz in order to equip them with the skills in managing a hatchery plant.