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A consultative workshop on Commodity Prioritization was held last Tuesday by the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the province of Antique.

The said activity aims to identify the existing priority commodities from the 18 municipalities in Antique. Succeeding discussions also tackled target programs, commodity interventions, and crafting of detailed plans based on the given input of the corresponding municipalities.

The event was attended by Former Governor Salvacion Z. Perez in behalf of Senator Loren Legarda, Regional Director Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 6 Remia A. Aparri, Vice Governor Edgar D. Denosta, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Fernando C. Corvera, FPHMD-BFAR 6 Jessica C. Esmao, BFAR 6 Sheryl Mesa, PMES-BFAR 6 Joel T. Abalayan, PFO Antique Richard E. Cordero, OIC PFO Antique Lorna H. Angor, Provincial Agriculture Head Nicolasito Calawag, and PPDO Juliana Cepe together with the municipal agriculture department heads and other representatives of the Local Government Units of Antique.

During the activity, participants identified the number of fisher folks, rate of production, and its value along with their potential for expansion with increased production, and their market potential in their corresponding municipality.
According to BFAR Regional Director Remia A. Aparri the province of Antique is first in the fisheries production in Western Visayas. This is mostly attributed to the production of seaweed, thus making the fishing industry a promising venture in the province.

“Proven by its vast aquatic resources, appropriate means and measures must be taken to improve fishing product’s quality and its acceptability on the market,” Appari said.

Antique has a total of 24,891 registered fisher folks and 5,275 municipal fishing boats. Once this is developed, local employment will be generated, and there will be an inclusive economic growth in the province of Antique.

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