By Dalisay DG. Fernandez
There are high export potentials for the Philippines’ fish and fishery products, making the nation an essential player in the export market.
This is the outcome of the nation’s large natural deposits, and the marketplace need and great costs being used for export products. There is a requirement to attend to the inadequate supply of raw materials experienced by exporters and to help small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) promote live and frozen fish and fishery items.
Issues concerning live fish and fishery items organisations include the inadequate supply of basic materials, postharvest losses, waste in processing, bad quality items, adulterated raw products, irregularity of supply, and strict export requirements.
In terms of marketing and the export of live and frozen fish and fishery products, the problems the nation faces include acquiring export requirements, competitors with other countries, registration requirements, and multilayer marketing systems.
In factor to consider of these problems, the current Fisheries Women Business owners’ Forum determined a few of the products with export capacity to include black tiger shrimp, prawns, crabs, tuna, abalone, lobster, octopus, cuttlefish, milkfish, seaweeds, groupers, squid, eel, siganid, and hair tail.
The forum was conducted by the Philippine Council for Farming, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Advancement of the Department of Science and Innovation (PCAARRD-DOST), National Network of Women in Fisheries, Inc. (WINFISH), and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Region 13 (BFAR-13).
The gathering recognized issues that affect the country’s fish and fishery products, in addition to the needed measures required to assist the SMEs which are engaged in producing these items.
A number of measures were recognized to deal with these concerns. These include supplying SMEs with the pertinent training and workshops, technical help, investment in R&D, and access to foreign markets.
The online forum also figured out the need for processors to be knowledgeable about the guidelines and regulations in the trade and export of fish and fishery items, competitive and sustainable development/continued expansion of aquaculture, the European market for exportable fishery items, arrangement for market access for fish and fishery products, trade guidelines and regulatory cooperation, intellectual property rights, services and investment, and public procurement.
In the advancement of live and frozen fish and fishery products export businesses, the industry’s requirements consist of the development of linkages with the present exporters, organization of exporters, updated training on fish handling and orientation on food security (GMP, SSOP, and HACCP), technical assistance for packaging/labeling, and improvement in fish dealing with protocols.
At present, processors feel that the fish and fishery productbusiness has a big opportunity to expand with the assistance of the worried government firms.
Through the forum, the participants found out the potentials of live and frozen fish and fishery items; about the export organisation and its requirements; market matching; linkages for export and marketing techniques; and technical, financial and equipment support being offered by federal government firms like DOST, BFAR, and DTI.
Understanding gained from the online forum will help the community enhance awareness relating to fishery items with export potentials, share information with fisherfolk and females to become business owners and exporters, disseminate details through training, and upgrade enterprises with new innovations. Finally, the online forum also created some recommendations on how to enhance the export industry for live and frozen fish and fishery products.
Amongst these were the branding of fishery items, adoption of export and accreditation requirements by the SMEs, awareness of worldwide product standards, arrangement of a public plant for processing, improvement in fishery products, involvement of SMEs in the forum, and expansion of production.
With this joint activity, SMEs were motivated to collaborate and connect with the crucial export gamers and federal government companies to make sure the advancement of the live and frozen fish and fishery items industry.