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PIA Press Release
2007/09/26

1st RP organic aquaculture symposium slated

Bacolod City (26 September) -- Negros Occidental is hosting the 1st Philippine Organic Aquaculture Symposium on October 2-3 at the Business Inn Hotel this city.

Sponsors of the said activity are the GTZ (e.g. German Technical Cooperation); DED (e.g. German Development Services); Province of Negros Occidental (through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist); NISARD; and the Negros Prawn Producers Marketing Cooperative.

The theme is: "Feasibility of Organic Aquaculture in the Philippines: Principles, Experiences and Way Forward." Concepts, benefits and trend of organic aquaculture in the ASEAN Region will be introduced among other objectives. Ultimately, an action plan for the pilot program in the Visayas region must be developed by the participants during the said symposium.

Close to 200 participants all over the country are expected to attend the symposium. They include hatchery owners, aquaculture producers, fish processors, feed millers and local fish exporters and distributors. Other target audience will be coming from the academe, research institutions, LGUs and National Line Agencies such as DA, BFAR and DTI.

DA Secretary Arthur C. Yap will be the keynote speaker, while Negros Occidental Governor Joseph Maraņon will welcome the participants during the opening ceremony. Other speakers include German-Dr. Stefan Holler and Mr. William Kramer of the Negros Prawn Producers. (OPA/PIA) [top]

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