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Davao Region Embarks on Shrimp Project

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PHILIPPINES - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Davao Region will embark in the propagation of freshwater shrimp production this year.

BFAR regional director George Campeon reiterated on Wednesday’s press forum, the promotion of the aquaculture species will invite potential breeders and investors in the region.

Campeon said shrimp is expensive with price now ranging from P300 to P500 per kilogram.

He also said there is lack of production of the freshwater shrimps as only three regions in the country are producing it.

“In order to come up with massive promotion, a caravan will be conducted in May this year that will hop from one region to another,” he said.

Campeon said they intend to culminate the caravan activities in Davao City.

Meanwhile, he said the production of fresh water shrimp is still low and this has not thoroughly taken off.

He said in their previous planning and summit, 14 focal areas in every region were identified where the species could be grown and produced.

Aside from shrimp, BFAR Davao is also getting on the propagation of tilapia, "hito" and other catfish species, Campeon said.