Over P40M fishery livelihood assistance given to Caraga provinces
Fisher folks and fishers’ groups in the Caraga region have received a total of P40.30 million fishery projects and livelihood assistance on September 17, 2019.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary William D. Dar awarded it to fisherfolks of Agusan de Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands.
The assistance were distributed at the Masao Fish Farm of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Butuan City, included inputs for grow-out production of bangus in cage project, grow-out production of tilapia in pen project, polyculture of bangus and mangrove crab in pond project, and seaweed farming, among others.
The interventions form part of the efforts and initiatives of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to attain its vision towards a food-secure Philippines with prosperous farmers and fishers.
“We should adopt an inclusive agribusiness approach, where abundant harvest and profit always come hand in hand,” he said.
In simple ceremonies, Dar also awarded Breeder Quality Molobiscus Saline Tilapia and Bangus fingerlings to individual fishers.
Highlighting his visit in Caraga region, the Secretary, together with officials of the regional office of BFAR and DA dispersed giant freshwater prawn in Masao River, Butuan City as part of a livelihood program of BFAR.
“I hope many will benefit from the prawns that we released (in the river),” Dar said.
Aside from providing extra income, the project will also benefit the environment as the species released are intended to help eradicate Schistosomiasis or river fluke.
The Secretary congratulated the officials and staff of DA and BFAR in the region for implementing programs and projects to benefit local farmers and fishers.
“Please continue to do much more work for the benefits of the communities around here,” he said.