BFAR’s fisheries summit to focus on food production
The fisheries summit being conducted by the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) now will focus on food production, which is aligned with the priority agenda of new Agriculture Secretary William Dar.
A statement showed that the theme of BFAR’s ongoing Fisheries Summit is “Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita sa Industriya ng Pangisdaan”, which highlights Dar’s priority agenda of ensuring a food secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fisherfolk.
The two-day summit brings together national government agencies, non-government organizations, fisheries stakeholders, and members of the academe in a bid to come up with a short-term to long-term action plan towards increased fisheries production and achievement of food security.
“We must ensure that our country is food secure and [that we are] looking for every opportunity for our farmers and fisherfolk to be prosperous,” said Dar.
To be specific, Dar’s Eight Paradigm of “New Thinking” for Agriculture will be the focus of the plenary sessions and discussions of the event.
Plenary presentations from partner government agencies and non-government organizations, and sharing of success stories from fisherfolk organizations happened yesterday, while for today, participants will be divided into break-out sessions to facilitate strategic course planning and develop a three-year action plan that will be adopted by the participants themselves through a resolution, which will be presented at the end of the summit.
Senator Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. And Representative Wilfrido Mark Enverga, Chairperson of the House Committee on Agriculture and Food are among the notable guests invited to the summit.