FROM P120, the price of Dagupan bangus is being sold today at P180 to P195 per kilo.
This was confirmed by Emma Molina, Dagupan City agriculturist.
She attributed the rise in price to the cold weather in December and the recent damage to fish ponds caused by monsoon rains.
“When stressed, bangus seldom moves and that affects their metabolism resulting in slow growth,“ Molina said.
“It’s the highest compared to the last four or five years on Christmas and New Year,” Molina said. “Today, bangus for five pieces per two kilos is sold at P180 to P195 per kilo”, she said.
She said in the past Christmases, the price was only P110 per kilo.
However, she assured that there is enough supply being traded and the price remains constant from last month.
Meanwhile, in an earlier interview, former Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources regional director for Region 1 Nestor Domenden said bangus growers have anticipated the effects of the cold weather to their produce and have timed their harvest during the Yuletide Season.
He added that bangus growers had foreseen the effects of the cold weather and have adjusted their growing and harvest period ensuring that bangus supply is most abundant during December to January when demand is at its peak.
“You can see that most of our operators target the months of November, December, January, February when demand is high,” he added.
In another interview, Dr. Westly Rosario, BFAR Dagupan center chief here said that not only humans are having stress when it rains incessantly but fishes, too.
He said in contrast to humans who eat more when it rains, fishes like bangus have decreased appetite and lower growth rate.
“Fishes eat less when it is cold. Their metabolism is low,” Rosario added.
“Also, when it is cloudy, photosynthesis is weak. Therefore, the production of dissolved oxygen is also poor,” he said. (PhilStar Wire Service)
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