FAO, BFAR launch campaign vs tilapia lake virus
JERRY M. HERNANDEZ
The Manila Times
TO mitigate the threats posed by the tilapia lake virus (TiLV) to the fishery industry, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) are gathering tilapia farmers and stakeholders for a series of conventions and seminars. The information campaign on how to prevent and control TiLV is part of an ongoing project of the FAO and BFAR in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog regions, primarily aimed to reduce the potential negative impacts of TiLV through effective biosecurity governance. It features activities such as surveillance data analysis, farmer feedback workshop, and technical seminar on tilapia health. BFAR regional director Wilfredo Cruz said this is a good avenue where stakeholders can participate and engage in intensive exchange of information and generation of knowledge on good and effective aquaculture biosecurity and aquatic health management practices. “We [FAO and BFAR] hope that through these series of events, important information and significant knowledge will be gained from these core activities,” he said. “This will contribute in the formulation and undertaking of actions to effectively manage TiLV and benefit the tilapia industry in the Philippines,” Cruz added. While the virus is harmful to tilapia, there is no evidence that the TiLV affects the health of humans.