A study by the city-based Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) has revealed that insurance facility, when compared to other sectors such as agriculture, is underutilised in the fisheries sector. Except for the presence of a few public insurance companies and cooperative bodies at the local level with limited scale of activity, the fisheries sector has received little attention at the Central or State levels, says a statement from CMFRI with details of the study.
ASIDE from farmers and livestock raisers, small fisherfolk in Negros Occidental have also been affected by the persisting El Niño phenomenon, suffering a 70 percent drop in their average catch. Only a few members were covered by various insurance programs of the provincial government and thus able to avail of livelihood and financial assistance. In terms of damage to aquaculture, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has yet to gather the monitoring and assessment reports from different local government units.
Vaccination and other biosecurity measures are said to have nearly eliminated the need for antibacterial treatment of Norwegian farmed fish. According to the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, the negligible consumption of antibacterials in Norwegian aquaculture has contributed to driving down the risk of the development of antimicrobial resistance -- and thus transmission of such resistance to humans via fish meat.
Kiambu county fish farmers in lowlands have been advised to construct terraces and dykes to control the effects of heavy rains floods and destruction of fish ponds. The fisheries department issued the advisory warning with regards to the heavy rains that have pounded the area in the past weeks. The heavy rains are wreaking havoc on fish farmers in the lowland areas occasioned by the flooding of the fish ponds.
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