FHI Donates Sarangani Bangus Fry to Typhoon Emong Victims
Typhoon Emong ravaged aquaculture areas of Western Pangasinan gets a much needed boost towards recovery – Finfish Hatcheries, Incorporated or FHI just donated one million pieces Sarangani fry to the bangus growers in the area through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region I for them to enhance their capability to recover from their losses.
Bangus industry of Pangasinan contributes about 120-140MT bangus daily to Metro Manila markets. The 525M worth of damages wrought by then Typhoon Emong was felt, specially around Luzon area, by consumers and traders and they had to deal with unpredictable bangus supply 2 to 3 weeks after the typhoon, including locally based businesses involved in the value-adding of bangus.
The National Government through the DA-BFAR intervened by providing ten million pieces bangus fry to the Western Pangasinan areas in order to cushion and minimize the negative impact of Typhoon Emong to the bangus industry. The bangus fry were received by the Local Government Units (LGUs) who shall nurse the fry to fingerlings stage prior to distribution to qualified beneficiaries as set by guidelines formulated and agreed on by the DA-BFAR and the LGUs concerned. The FHI extended this assistance to the DA-BFAR as a show of solidarity and support to the bangus grow-out industry of Pangasinan. Asked why they channeled their donation through DA-BFAR, Mr. Bocaya the FHI National Sales Manager stated, “We believe in the noble intentions of the DABFAR rehabilitation program and we want to be a part of their efforts. As an input provider company we also have the responsibility to support our fellow stakeholders in order for us all to weather all challenges. As they say, we get by with a little help from our friends”.
By Girly G. Dela Pena