BFAR Wants to Cut Prices of ‘Galunggong”
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is now working to reduce the prices of poor man’s fish or galunggong.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) released the date of the price monitoring showing the prevailing prices of galunggong in both local and imported markets. The prices of galunggong has surged to P240 per kilogram.
The average price for local round scad is at P190.43 per kilogram and P200 per kilogram for the imported ones as of March 10, 2020. Last year, DA has set the prices of galunggong above P140 per kilo amid the soaring prices of agricultural goods.
Galunggong prices are still high but we expect within the month, bababa na ho ‘yan kasi open season is just starting in northern Palawan as well as Zamboanga,” BFAR representative said.
The BFAR personnel said that the supplies from open season will be complemented by imported, which would cut the prices of round scab by P160 to P180 per kilo. The agency is the responsible for the management, improvement, development and conservation of the aquatic resources in the Philippines.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the galunggong’s production reached P2.317 billion during the last quarter of 2020 resulting to full-year production of P13.606 billion.
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