Taal to affect tilapia supply, damage to agriculture rises to P577-M

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2020 05:19 PM

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

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

Fish from Taal Lake 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 following Taal Volcano's damage to fish cages in Batangas.

The bureau said it will also help affected fish producers by providing fingerlings of tilapia and other fish, once the situation in Taal Lake goes back to normal.

"Moreover, BFAR will be providing production loan for tilapia producers in Central Luzon to intensify production," BFAR said. 

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

The volcano's unrest has affected 2,772 hectares of farmland which grow rice, corn, coffee, cacao, banana, and other high-value crops, the DA said. 

At least 1,967 heads of livestock were also affected. 

The DA's attached agencies said they are ready to distribute seedlings and livestock to affected farmers. 

Medicine will also be provided for livestock affected by the ashfall, the DA said. 

"Also, two trucks are available to mobilize the affected areas for animal rescue and evacuation," the DA added. 

An initial P30 million worth of loans will also be provided to around 1,200 farmers and fisherfolk in Batangas.