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PIA Press Release
2010/02/17

BFAR spearheads Seaweeds Festival in Claveria

Claveria, Cagayan (17 February) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 2 has spearheaded the Seaweeds Festival here and showcased the latest trends and potentials of seaweed industry.

Regional Director Jovita P. Ayson said this municipality is one of the traditional producers of 'Porphyra', locally known as "gamet" among other types of economically important seaweeds in the region. It has big potentials in the economic upliftment, not only in the municipality but al throughout the region.

She explained that the festival aims to update the seaweeds gatherers and fisherfolk on the latest trends in culture, processing, business potential in seaweeds farming and in the fishery industry in general.

"Seaweed is abundant in this area but we have to introduce technology on how to make it marketable not only to the locality but especially for export abroad", Ayson said.

Ayson also awarded heliohaus and multi purpose drier to the organized seaweed gatherers of the municipality as their facility for a sustainable seaweeds production as their livelihhod.

BFAR, in collaboration with the Local Government of Claveria, also conducted cooking contest among students and seaweed gatherers using seaweeds as the main ingredient in their menu.

"We are trying to show to the people here that in seaweeds alone they can produce different menus which are simple and affordable", Ayson said. (Oliver B./PIA 2) [top]

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