By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — With its decision to import some 60,000 metric tons of fishes such as galunggong and mackerel, the Department of Agriculture may well be “killing” our fishermen.
On this note, Partido Reporma Chairman and standard-bearer Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson questioned the need to import fish when our waters are full of such natural resources.
“Import pa more! After killing our farmers by importing vegetables and fruits, it is the turn of our fishermen to die,” he said on his Twitter account Wednesday.
He was referring to the DA’s reported decision to import 60,000 metric tons of small pelagic fishes supposedly because local supply has yet to normalize from the devastation brought by Typhoon Odette. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources reportedly projected a fish shortfall of 119,000 metric tons in the first quarter of 2022. (ai/mtvn)