May 8, 2023


Permitted raw material for producing fish feed could help stabilise Philippines' aquaculture production, according to ex-official




The Philippines' admission of a pork-based raw material used in producing fish feed is expected to lead to a normalisation of aquaculture production after the raw material was subject to a temporary import ban, a former fisheries official said.


"The non-availability of this ingredient resulted in much decline in our production," according to Asis G. Perez, former director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and convenor of advocacy group Tugon Kabuhayan.


The raw material is known as processed animal protein (PAP), an animal byproduct used in fish feed. The Department of Agriculture (DA) had banned PAP with the issue of Memorandum Order No. 5, Series of 2022 dated January 31 after a confirmed outbreak of African swine fever in Italy, a major PAP producer.


"We're happy that the government finally allowed it to come in; the only problem here is the delay," Perez added.


The DA lifted the ban on imports of processed porcine or pork-based meal for use in animal feed on December 28.


Perez noted that Italy accounts for 60%-70% of the Philippines' annual PAP imports of 150,000 tonnes. He said aquaculture is starting to recover with the arrival of PAP shipments in March.


"We are expecting there will be a correction from the previous decline. We are hoping that with the ingredients coming in, the productivity of aquaculture will increase again," he added.


Last year, the Philippines' aquaculture output rose 4.6% year on year to 2.35 million tonnes, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.


However, some parts of the aquaculture industry registered declines.


- BusinessWorld

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