No shortage of milkfish in Dagupan, official says

March 17, 2015 2:05 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, March 16 — An official of the city government has denied that there is a shortage of bangus or milkfish in the market of Dagupan at present.

City Agriculture Officer Emma Molina said what was seen as a shortage was the absence of milkfish from Western Pangasinan in the Dagupan Fish Market during the last few days as traders and producers were bringing their produce to Malabon, Metro Manila.

This is because the price of milkfish in Malabon today is P110 per kilo, at two pieces of milkfish a kilo.

Western Pangasinan is where the bulk of milkfish getting into the Dagupan Fish Market is coming from daily, said Molina. The milkfish are coming from Bolinao, Anda, Bani, Alaminos, Sual which are raised in fish cages, and in the fishponds of Binmaley.

But she said the absence of milkfish from western Pangasinan in Dagupan did not create a shortage in the local market as this was plugged by locally-produced milkfish.

Local producers need not bring their products to Malabon too because the price in Malabon and at the Dagupan Fish Market is almost the same. The Dagupan Fish Market supplies the milkfish needs of Baguio, Ilocos Region and Cagayan Valley.

"Why still bring your product to Malabon when you can sell your milkfish at about the same price? Molina asked.

She said the price of milkfish in Malabon is always taken as a benchmark for the same commodity nationwide, she added.

Although the wholesale price of milkfish in Dagupan is P110 per kilo, the commodity is sold by retailers at P115 per kilo. (PNA)

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