Tinglayan, Kalinga – The Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tinglayan dispersed around 39,750 fingerlings amounting to P48,623 to the newly oriented and assessed fisherfolk beneficiaries under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program last Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
The Office of the Municipal Agricultural Services (OMAS) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) provided 34,750 Tilapia fingerlings that cost P26,373, and 5,000 Hito fingerlings worth P22, 250, totaling P48,623.
According to OMAS officer Brenda Dona-al, the fingerlings were allocated according to the area of the pond or farm to ensure the most suitable development for the fishes.
"They were distributed depending on how large their pond is. We have a calculation on how many fingerlings should be according to the area...if the fish are overpopulated in one area then there is a high chance that they won't grow up to their ideal size so we just want to ensure that happens," Dona-al said.
Meanwhile, the feeds needed for fish growth will be given from Fry mash, Pre-starter, Starter, and Grower to Finisher.
Then the support for the new fisherfolk will continue until harvest time, wherein crates and harvesting nets will also be provided.
Dona-al encouraged all aspiring fisherfolk to visit their office to avail of the benefits, as the municipal LGU will cater for a possible second batch of fisherfolk to be oriented and supported this coming month of August.
Fisherfolk Orientation in Tinglayan
A total of 130 aspiring fisherfolk were oriented on Pond and Rice-Fish Culture to improve their technical know-how to effectively create and manage their own pond or rice-fish farm last May 27-28, 2021.
108 out of 130 fisherfolk passed their assessment as validated and conducted by the Provincial Fishery Office.
Among those who passed are 28 individuals from Sumadel, Tulgao with 21, Dananao 19, 11 from Belong Man-Ubal, 5 from Mallango, 9 individuals each from Bangad and Bugnay, 2 each from Buscalan and Luplupa while both Old Tinglayan and Luplupa had one passer.
"I want to urge those who want to establish their own ponds to come and enlist their names in our office so we can help them. We hope to add more names to the list before August ends because the dispersal of fingerlings will end this September,” Brenda Dona-al said.
She disclosed, “Actually, there shouldn't be another orientation, but because we saw that there were many people interested, we asked BFAR for another orientation to accommodate these people. Thankfully, they agreed."
As of now, 20 people have lined up for the second batch of beneficiaries.
What is SAAD?
SAAD stands for Special Area for Agricultural Development. It is a national program of the government to help marginalized farmers and fisher's move out of poverty by increasing food production and establish community enterprise through providing appropriate technology, marketing, and other services.
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