Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala will lead the country in the observance of the 47th Fish Conservation Week as he opens the 3-day Fish is Life Festival at the Megatrade Hall 1 in SM Mega Mall B at 1:00 PM on October 18, this year.
Alcala said that the festival features a 3-in-1 show where all the key players of the fishery sector come together to provide the public relevant information and technical know-how about the fisheries industry and to promote quality seafood products at factory prices.
With the theme “Asenso sa pangisdaan makakamit sa sama-samang pagtutulungan”, government agencies such as the BFAR including its regional offices and national centers, DTI, DOTC-PCG, DOST-PCAMRD, SEAFDEC-AQD, DA-PFDA, DA-PhilMech, DA-ACPC, NGOs for Fisheries Reform, PAMPANO and other fisherfolk organizations will showcase their banner programs under the KAUGNAY AKO agency exhibits.
At least 30 producers of various kinds of fish and fishery products, to include RDEX, Frabelle, Permex, Fisher Farms, FSAP, St. Martha Farms and many others will offer their products for sale at reduced prices under the KABALIKAT KAMI Producers Show. There will be taste testing, free product samples and other promos for the early birds.
Moreover, the festival will also feature lectures and techno-demos on various livelihood opportunities in fisheries including strategies on how to conserve and protect the aquatic resources in the KAYA NATIN Techno-Livelihood Seminar Series.
BFAR Director Malcolm I. Sarmiento Jr. said that the festival aims to provide a one-stop shop that would enable the public to understand the intricacies of the sector as well as to provide them livelihood opportunities that they could venture in especially in their hometown provinces.
Sarmiento stressed that the show will be very informative, interactive and fun-filled as the BFAR regional offices will be showcasing their banner programs in fishery production as well as in conservation, while its national training and development will feature various technologies in the fishing, farming and processing of fish and fishery products.