BFAR hails tagging of Dagupan milkfish

June 11, 2015 6:00 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, June 10 — The National Integrated Fisheries Technology and Development Center (NIFTDC) hailed the recent tagging of the Dagupan bangus (milkfish), calling it as a development that is long overdue.

NIFTDC chief Dr. Westly Rosario congratulated Mayor Belen Fernandez for finally completing the tagging of the Dagupan bangus which aimed among others to separate those being produced from the fishponds of Dagupan and those from the outside.

NIFTDC is a 24-hectare research facility of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Dagupan City.

Rosario believes that whatever expenses and length of time spent by the city of Dagupan on this project will soon be compensated by increased demand for the Dagupan bangus not only nationwide but also worldwide.

This is a big boon to milkfish producers in Dagupan City who will get better pricing for their product, he added.

At the saame time, Rosario said there are many forms of tagging and believes that Dagupan chose the cheapest but most appropriate form to make the Dagupan bangus made known throughout the country and the world.

Another form is geographical identification, such as the California Wine in the United States which takes long and requires long study, certification by experts and narration of history of the product.

Dagupan, he said, took the shorter route (tagging) and succeeded.

It is only the first time in the history of Dagupan and during the administration of Mayor Fernandez that bangus products from the fishponds are being sold in the local market or shipped out carrying the tag or label "Certified Dagupan Product".

In fact, this is the simplest form of tagging, said Rosario, referring to the system in use with the help of a tagging gun that pins a yellow plastic label which reads "Certified Dagupan Product" near the gills of the fish.

Tagging, said Rosario, is not new and in fact, it was done in the city quite belatedly as some countries, including the United States, have already tagged their native products long before, said Rosario.

He also noted that in some supermarkets in the U.S. the milkfish from Sarangani is labelled "Philippine Bangus".

It is difficult to determine where a fish comes from and one knows it only through tagging, said Rosario, praising the move of Dagupan to finally brand its own milkfish for the first time.

Aside from protecting consumers from vendors misrepresenting their products too often as "Dagupan bangus", tagging will put home-grown bangus in the pedestal that it really deserves, Rosario concluded. (PNA)



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