By Dalisay DG. Fernandez
There are high export potentials for the Philippines’ fish and fishery items, making the nation a key player in the export market.
This is the outcome of the country’s vast natural deposits, and the market need and good rates being provided for export products. There is a requirement to attend to the insufficient supply of raw products encountered by exporters and to help small and medium business owners (SMEs) promote live and frozen fish and fishery items.
Issues concerning live fish and fishery items organisations consist of the insufficient supply of raw materials, postharvest losses, wastage in processing, poor quality products, adulterated basic materials, abnormality of supply, and rigid export requirements.
In terms of marketing and the export of live and frozen fish and fishery products, the problems the nation deals with consist of acquiring export requirements, competition with other countries, registration requirements, and multilayer marketing systems.
In factor to consider of these issues, the current Fisheries Women Business owners’ Online forum determined a few of the items with export capacity to consist of black tiger shrimp, prawns, crabs, tuna, abalone, lobster, octopus, cuttlefish, milkfish, seaweeds, groupers, squid, eel, siganid, and hair tail.
The forum was carried out 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 event identified issues that affect the nation’s fish and fishery items, as well as the essential measures required to help the SMEs which are participated in producing these items.
Several steps were determined to attend to these issues. These include supplying SMEs with the appropriate training and workshops, technical help, investment in R&D, and access to foreign markets.
The forum also figured out the requirement for processors to be educated about the guidelines and policies in the trade and export of fish and fishery products, competitive and sustainable development/continued growth of aquaculture, the European market for exportable fishery items, arrangement for market gain access to for fish and fishery products, trade guidelines and regulative cooperation, intellectual property rights, services and investment, and public procurement.
In the advancement of live and frozen fish and fishery items export companies, the industry’s needs consist of the development of linkages with today exporters, company of exporters, upgraded training on fish handling and orientation on food safety (GMP, SSOP, and HACCP), technical support for packaging/labeling, and enhancement in fish managing procedures.
At present, processors feel that the fish and fishery productbusiness has a huge chance to broaden with the assistance of the concerned federal government agencies.
Through the online forum, the participants found out the capacities of live and frozen fish and fishery items; about the export service and its requirements; market matching; linkages for export and marketing strategies; and technical, financial and devices assistance being used by government companies like DOST, BFAR, and DTI.
Knowledge gained from the online forum will assist the neighborhood enhance awareness regarding fishery products with export capacities, share details with fisherfolk and women to end up being entrepreneurs and exporters, share information through training, and upgrade business with brand-new technologies. Lastly, the online forum also developed some suggestions on how to boost the export market for live and frozen fish and fishery items.
Among these were the branding of fishery products, adoption of export and accreditation requirements by the SMEs, awareness of international product standards, provision of a public plant for processing, improvement in fishery products, involvement of SMEs in the online forum, and expansion of production.
With this joint activity, SMEs were encouraged to collaborate and relate to the crucial export gamers and federal government companies to guarantee the advancement of the live and frozen fish and fishery products industry.