Fries sent to Philippines as symbols of friendship
100,000 fries of Plectropomus leopardus (Coral trout) have been shipped from China to Palawan and Davao in the Philippines.
This is the second batch of fish fries presented to the Philippines to support development of its aquaculture, and as a symbol of friendship.
China donated the first batch of 100,000 plectropomus leopardus fries in mid-December, 2017, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding by agricultural authorities of the two countries.
Two-Year commitment to supply aquaculture farmers in the Philipines
According to the memorandum, China will provide 100,000 high-quality fish fries annually to aquaculture farmers in the Philippines, from 2017 to 2019.
Since 2016, the two countries have been cooperating in the field of the fishery industry, established a bilateral consultation mechanism and have made progress in many aspects, said Liu Xinzhong, an official with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
The first batch of the deep sea fish fries is at the maturing stage and some are entering the market and being sold at good prices. They will help increase the income of the local fishermen, said an official with the Palawan provincial government.
Another 10,000 fresh water fish fries will be airlifted from Guangzhou to Manila in the near future, according to officials with the ministry.