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FAO, BFAR collaborate to curb tilapia disease in Regions 3, 4A

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) are collaborating to prevent the spread of a disease wreaking havoc on tilapia fisheries in Central Luzon and Calabarzon.

The two agencies organized a convention for farmers, farm owners, and tilapia stakeholders across the Philippines to support the prevention and control of Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV).

The convention is part of an ongoing project in Central Luzon and Calabarzon that aims to reduce the potential negative impacts of TiLV through effective biosecurity governance.

The convention featured a variety of activities, including the analysis of surveillance data, a farmer feedback workshop, and a technical seminar on tilapia health.

According to BFAR Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz, the convention is an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to participate and engage in an intensive exchange of information and the generation of knowledge on good and effective aquaculture biosecurity and aquatic health management practices.

The goal of the convention is to gain important information and significant knowledge from these core activities, officials said.