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GenSan port sets for more tuna

Maria Romero

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A Row of tuna for canning are unloaded through a conveyor at a fish port in General Santos City. The Department of Agriculture wanted extensive rehabilitation of the facilities in anticipation of a bigger demand for the fish which is favored by Japanese consumers. AFP

Following the recent upgrade of the Navotas Fish Complex, Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar said the General Santos Fish Port Complex in SOCCSKSARGEN is also set to undergo rehabilitation.

Dar recommended additional berthing areas within the port to accommodate more fishing vessels to dock.

He also urged tapping more investors who will put up canneries and other postharvest facility systems, which he said would boost tuna canning in the province.

Port for 75% tuna supply

“With seventy-five percent of the tuna supply in the country serviced by this fish port, there is a strong need for the modernization of the facility,” Dar said.

Additional breeding areas in General Santos City would translate to more revenue gains in the fishery sector.

Dar recommended additional berthing areas within the port to accommodate more fishing vessels to dock.

Meanwhile, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) general manager Glen Pangapalan said the rehabilitation project for the two-decade-old fish port is timely and necessary.

He added that the PFDA recently completed the feasibility study for the rehabilitation of the fish port, which has been submitted to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) for approval.

NEDA okay by next year

Pangapalan said they are expecting NEDA approval of the project by 2021.

The Philippines is one of the largest producers of tuna and tuna-like species in the world.

According to the latest Philippine Statistics Authority report, the fisheries sector improved by 1.8 percent in terms of production during the third quarter of 2019.

The report noted that the sector produced an estimated 990,140 metric tons in July to September period, up 1.8 percent from 972,710 MT produced in the same period last year.

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