DAGUPAN CITY - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources launched a program to boost the production of giant oysters in the country, aiming to make the country self-sufficient and export the shellfish abroad.
Dr. Westly Rosario, chief of the National Integrated Fisheries Technology Research and Development Center (NIFTRDC), said the program will train technicians who will deployed in different parts of the country to transfer technology on how to grow oysters in the coastal areas.
"Gusto natin maparami at mapalaki para ma-export at maibenta natin sa mga hotels and restaurants lalo na kapag malalaki ang talaba gusto ito sa ibang bansa," he said.
Rosario added the objective of the program is to organize cooperatives of backyard shellfish growers so that they can meet the volume of products demanded by exporters.
The typical size of an oyster ranges from three to four inches but can grow as big as nine to twelve inches in one to two years.
The giant oysters came from Palawan and BFAR-NIFTRDC plans to propagate them in Pangasinan.
"Pwede rin dito basta hindi agad ihaharvest kasi yung iba 2 to 3 months pa lang hinaharvest na pag mas matagal at saka malinis ang tubig mas mabilis lumaki," said Racquel Ferrer, project leader.
Oysters are sources of zinc, iron and calcium.