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  • Writer's picture Mark Moises Calayan

Apayao soon to open 2 fish hatcheries

Updated: Jan 26


Luna, Apayao - The province of Apayao is set to establish its own fish hatcheries, following the approval of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for their construction.


A total budget of P2.5 million has been allocated for this project, as part of the regional proposal submitted to the BFAR central office and approved in December 2023.

 

Calanasan and Flora LGUs, the designated project sites, will contribute a piece of land, construction equipment, water systems, and drainage canals for the hatcheries.


During her visit to Governor Elias Bulut Jr. on January 17, 2024, BFAR Regional Director Lilibeth Signey emphasized that the two tilapia hatcheries aim to significantly increase fish production in Apayao. The project primarily addresses the insufficiency of fingerlings in the province.

 

Governor Bulut, recognizing the agency's support, suggested the importance of involving local governments in sustainable operations.


"I strongly suggest that for the establishment of a fish hatchery, we solicit commitments from LGUs to have counterparts for the sustainability of the technology in the long run, such as manpower to oversee its operation," he said through the Provincial Public Information Office.

 

As for the construction timeline, the BFAR is optimistic that the project will commence, conclude, and become fully operational in 2024.

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