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April 16, 2014




What is whitespot syndrome virus (WSSV)?  Why is it endangering the shrimp farming industry?  This is what a neophyte lawmaker from Zamboanga City wants to know as she called on the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to immediately investigate and introduce appropriate measures to stop its spread.


Representative Lilia Macrohon-Nuño (2nd District, Zamboanga City), a vice chairperson of the House Committee on Agriculture and Food, said the prevalence of WSSV has been negatively affecting the livelihood of families engaged in shrimp farming.  “It has been reported that the normal harvest of 1 to 1.5 metric tons per hectare per pond has gone down to 200 kilos or less because of the prevalence of the virus,” said Macrohon-Nuño.  She said, “Its presence is practically all over the Philippines as represented by the geographical location of the provinces that were attacked by said virus which are situated in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.”


Source: InterAksyon.  Shrimp Fishpond Harvest Drops From 1 Ton Per Hectare to 200 Kilos, Lawmaker Wants to Know Why.  Philippines News Agency.  April 15, 2014.

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