MAFAR STARTS THE CONSTRUCTION OF  SEAWEED TISSUE CULTURE LABORATORY TO BOOST SEAWEED INDUSTRY IN BARMM

MAGUINDANAO DEL NORTE – In a significant development for the seaweed industry in the Bangsamoro region, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform has officially started the construction of the Seaweed Tissue Culture Laboratory in Barangay Poblacion, Municipality of Parang.

The groundbreaking ceremony, led by the Bangsamoro Director General for Fisheries Services, Pendatun S. Patarasa, signifies the commencement of a pioneering project with an allocated budget of 2.8 million pesos.

This venture seeks to combat the challenges encountered by seaweed farmers, specifically addressing issues related to insufficient and poor-quality seedlings.

As the flagship commodity of BARMM in the fisheries sector, seaweed has encountered hurdles stemming from inadequate seedling quality.

The Seaweed Tissue Culture Laboratory aims to revolutionize the industry by producing superior quality, disease-resistant, and climate-resilient seaweed seedlings.

The laboratory will generate new shoots and segments of seaweeds through innovative tissue culture techniques, providing a reliable alternative to collecting seedlings from the wild.

This breakthrough is expected to be a game-changer for seaweed farmers in the region, offering a sustainable solution to enhance their production capabilities.

Key officials present at the ceremony included Director II for Fisheries Operation Services Macmod D. Mamalangkap, Ph.D., Chief of Engineering Division Engr Ashnairah Abdullah, Representatives from the MAFAR Provincial office, LGU-Parang, Maguindanao Del Norte, and representative from Ammara Strukture Construction.