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III. PROBLEMS / CONSTRAINTS / GAPS

The problems and constraints besetting the seaweed industry are of two (2) categories as follows:

Local

  • Pollution in production areas
  • Inadequate supply of dried seaweeds for processing leading to processors' losses
  • Peace and order situation in seaweed-producing areas
  • Diseases affecting seaweeds (ice-ice)

Global

  • Increasing competition in Eucheuma production with other countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Africa

IV. STRATEGIES AND INTERVENTIONS

The Department of Agriculture, through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will provide strategies and interventions for the next fifteen (15) months to help address the prevailing problems and constraints of the seaweed industry.

These interventions are aimed to provide livelihood opportunities and increase income of fisherfolks, increase production of seaweeds by 151,000 MT, and promote value-added for aquaculture commodities for export.

 

Interventions
Time Frame
Desired Results
Benefeciaries

SEAWEEDS

1. Establishment of additional 104 seaweed nurseries (nationwide)

January - December 2003 Increase in seaweed production Seaweed Farmers/Processors
2. Maintain seaweed health management   improved seaweeds quality  
3. Provision of post-harvest facilities (stilt dryers) June - December 2003 reduced post-harvest losses  
4. Establishment of a pilot semi-processing plant in Sorsogon to produce seaweeds chips.   Introduction of value-added to producers  
Table 1. DA-BFAR Interventions with corresponding time frame, desired results and target beneficiaries

 

Figure 5. Illustrated Map of the proposed 104 Seaweed Nursery sites

 

Impact of the 1/4 hectare seaweed nursery

A 1/4 hectare seaweed nursery can serve two (2) new hectares seaweeds grow-out every cropping. There will be an estimated nine (9) croppings per nursery in fifteen (15) months. With the establishment of 104 seaweed nurseries, the 936 croppings are expected to yield 1,872 hectares. The estimated additional production from this intervention would be 151,632 MT (wet) or 21,662 MT (dry), valued at P498 million at P23.00 per kg. of dried seaweeds.

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