Cebu City – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Visayas (BFAR Region 7) heightens price monitoring in the major fish landing centers in Central Visayas.
Florencio Aparri, the current head of the Fisheries Production and Support Services Division of BFAR 7, said as mandated by the head office, the regional office is now conducting price monitoring on a daily basis.
Previously, the regular price monitoring was scheduled once a week or every Fridays.
With the declaration of state of calamity throughout the country, the Department of Agriculture recently ordered to monitor closely the prices of fishery commodities to avoid illegal price manipulation and hoarding.
The regional office started off March 18 the monitoring efforts at the fish market in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City that is one of the biggest fish markets in the region.
Aparri said the BFAR 7 personnel have to monitor not only the price range but also the volume of fishes coming in the region, the species and the origin of these fishery products.
Based from the assessment, Aparri said there is no problem in the entry of fishery products – that means – there is sufficient supply of fishes here.
However, the fish dealers and vendors at the Pasil fish market complained that fewer people are now buying their fishes.
Fish dealers or traders from other provinces like Bohol that source their fish products from Pasil market are also restricted from travelling outside their respective areas.
“Nagproblema karon ang retail sector. Naapektuhan sila tungod kay nihit gyud ang tawo nga mamalitay. Nahadlok siguro gyud sila (consumers). Nireklamo sila (fish vendors) tungod kay niminus na ilang ma-dispose sa usa ka adlaw,” he said.
“Base sa atong interview sa usa ka tindera, makabaligya siya og 100 kilos sauna pero karon 50 kilos na lang. Ang uban mahurot ilang isda pero mokabat pa og duha ngadto sa tulo ka adlaw,” Aparri added.
Aparri said it is also impossible for the fish traders in Pasil fish market to hoard fish products because they are perishable and the marketplace has no big storage facility.
Due to low demand, some fish vendors are forced to reduce the prices of fishes.
“We just have to be resilient at these times. Agwanta lang sa gyud ta and hopefully, dili ra ni magdugay ug mobalik ra ta sa normal nga sitwasyon,” Aparri said. (PR)