By Venus H. Sarmiento, PIA 1, Pangasinan
DAGUPAN CITY– Officials are looking to adopt a schedule to sell only genuine “Bonuan Bangus” on specific market days to reward original bangus growers.
Dr. Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Development Center (NIFTDC) of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), said the proposal was raised during a consultation attended by bangus growers and bangus vendors in the city.
“This scheme is meant to protect the home-grown commodity and maintain its high price,” Rosario said during the KBP Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency Office earlier this month.
Rosario said a graph presented by the Office of the City Agriculturist bared that bangus prices have dropped in the last three years particularly in the months of July, August and September.
He said the decline could be attributed to several factors such as similar harvest schedule of milkfish from Laguna which leads to high supply or reported fish kills which could have discouraged consumers from buying bangus.
“It is Dagupan which made Bangus popular, yet the price of our product is the same with the prices of Bangus from other areas,” he lamented.
Based on the consultation, Rosario said traders will be grouped to three where one group sells purely Bonuan bangus (also called saysay bangus), at least two sell purely Bangus Oeste (bangus grown in other western towns like Sual and Binmaley ) while the rest sell mixed products.
A proposal was also raised to sell Bonuan bangus four times weekly while three days are intended to sell mixed products.
Rosario said the proposal will go through further consultation noting that some vendors will not be able to sell anything once the schedule is adopted.
Dagupan City has more than 550 fish ponds and fish cages which produce at least three to five tons of fish weekly.#