THE Department of Agriculture (DA) will stop the importation of galunggong (round scad) later this month, saying there was ample supply of the commodity for the domestic market.
“We’re intending to suspend the importation already kasi marami na yung isda, (because there is enough supply),” Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol told reporters.
In August last year, the government imported 17,000 metric tons (MT) of galunggong to help ease inflation that hit a nine-year high of 6.4 percent.
Eduardo Gongona, Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, told The Manila Times that prices of galunggong, dubbed as poor man’s fish, should not increase.
“We have enough supply of fish right now because there is no typhoon and even the weak El Niño is favorable for the fishermen allowing them to increase their catch per day,” Gongona said in a phone interview.