Author: Anna Angelica Sotto
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THE National Academy of Science and Technology (Nast) said that by strengthening the fishery and aquaculture resources in Mindanao, problems related to poverty and hunger can be fully addressed.
The Regional Scientific Meeting held at the SMX Convention Center in Lanang, Monday, March 13, aimed to push through with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) deeming aquaculture as the main driver to alleviate poverty and hunger. “When we say aquaculture, it is not only limited to fishery and food production. It also deals with transportation, energy and minerals. Creating programs that would strengthen these would be very beneficial to us,” said Fabian Dayrit, Nast acting president.
More than 200 stakeholders from different organizations gathered to discuss the status of the country and its progress in achieving the SDGs. “The Philippines has more water than land yet we do not really utilize such resources because we are more focused on land,” said Eufemio Rasco, Nast chair for Agricultural Sciences Division.
He said food from water is cheaper, more nutritious and potentially more abundant than those from land. But despite the abundance in marine life, the aquaculture in the Philippines is slowly diminishing.