CAGAYAN: The town of Santa Praxedes in northern Cagayan province produced almost 20 metric tons (MT) of edible seaweeds locally known as gamet from October 2014 up to March 2015, according to the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO).
MAO officer Ofelia Ragsak said from a low 1.111 MT wet harvest of the seaweed, farmers and gatherers posted 19.085 MT considered one of the biggest harvest since the town started monitoring its production.
“The weather has been very cooperative for the gatherers this year, despite reports of long drought experienced in many part of the country,” Ragsak said.
The town of Santa Praxedes in northern Cagayan province, nori or purple laver (Porphyra species) also locally known as gamet is of abundance. This is the purplish-black seaweed often used to make sushi.
In another coastal town in Cagayan province, it may be recalled that in 2008, Santa Teresita has also recorded its highest harvest of the seaweed at 33.79 MT followed by 20.16 MT in 2005.
Most gatherers claimed their harvest depend much on the prevailing weather condition along the rocky seashores of the town of Santa Praxedes especially with the global climate change.