Taal to affect the supply of tilapia, the damage to agriculture increases to P577-M

MANILA – Taal’s volcanic activity will affect tilapia supply in Metro Manila, the Office of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said on Tuesday.

BFAR estimates that 15,033 metric tons of fish supply from Lake Taal have been lost, and this could reduce tilapia supply in Metro Manila.

Fish from Lake Taal is not safe to eat, the Department of Health (DOH) warned on Tuesday, as sulfur from the rumbling volcano could affect marine life there.

BFAR said it is already identifying several sources of tilapia from other regions after the damage of the Taal volcano to the fish cages in Batangas.

The office said it will also help affected fish producers by providing tilapia fry and other fish, once the situation at Lake Taal returns to normal.

“In addition, BFAR will provide production loans to tilapia producers in central Luzon to intensify production,” BFAR said.

The damage of the Taal volcano to agriculture reached P577.6 million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Tuesday.

The volcano’s disturbances have affected 2,772 hectares of farmland that produces rice, corn, coffee, cocoa, bananas and other high-value crops, the prosecutor said.

At least 1,967 head of cattle were also affected.

Deputy district attorney agencies said they are ready to distribute seedlings and livestock to affected farmers.

Medications will also be provided for cattle affected by the fall of ashes, the prosecutor said.

“In addition, there are two trucks available to mobilize the affected areas for the rescue and evacuation of animals,” the prosecutor added.

Loans for an initial value of P30 million will also be granted to around 1,200 farmers and fishermen in Batangas.

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