Surigao Sur to establish provincial fish health diagnostic laboratory
by Nora CL Molde
Butuan City (October 27) -- The province of Surigao del Sur has proposed for the establishment of the Provincial Fish Health Diagnostic Laboratory to the Regional Development Council (RDC) during its Full Council’s meeting conducted recently in its aim to uplift the fishery industry of the area.
Surigao del Sur Provincial Development Plan (PDP 2002-2008) recognizes food security as one of the priorities of the local government unit. This complements the MTPDP priority in developing more lands for agribusiness and job creation. Under the economic component of the plan, various strategies were promoted to pursue the development and improve the level of productivity of the agriculture and fishery sectors.
Fish farming offers livelihood opportunity to majority of the Surigaonons because of the province’s location; its long stretch of coastal waters, aquaculture resources and inland waters that it has.
The establishment of the project was challenged by sustainable supply of quality fishery products and occurrence of virus that affects the seaweed, shrimp and other fishery products of the province. If realized the project will facilitate the establishment of fish health diagnostic laboratory/facility; prevent fishery disease outbreak; ensure supply of quality fingerlings/fries for fishponds, sea farmers, and hatchery operators in their livelihood activities; and safeguard health of the populace by ensuring quality of fishery products.
The proposed project is also envisioned to create a ripple effect in the fishery industry of the province. It has an estimated cost of P29-M, to be established in Tandag, the capital town of the province with the Provincial Fishery and Aquatic Resources Office (PFARO) as the implementing entity. (PIA-13) [top]