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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Sta. Marcela, Apayao women’s group puts up Tilapia farm, harvests 781 kgs after 5 months

Updated: Jun 13

Sta. Marcela, Apayao – A women-managed association in Sta. Marcela is now reaping the benefits of a unit of aquaculture package provided to them by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.


The group was given the package as a start-up last January, and with their hard work, they managed to succeed, even surpassing their target produce.


In a span of five months, the association was able to harvest 781 kilograms of tilapia. Their original target produce was 680 kilograms.


A kilogram of tilapia is sold between P130 to P150.


A press release by BFAR-Cordillera on Tuesday, June 11, said the harvest field day was attended by Regional Director Lilibeth L. Signey, wherein she commended the group for their abundant harvest from the aquaculture project awarded to them.


The regional director likewise mentioned that the aquaculture project is part of the P2.1M aquaculture projects provided to the province.

The project aimed at improving the production of fish in the area, providing substantial livelihood opportunities to yApayaos.


The association’s president, Perlyn D. Villa, attributed the abundant harvest to the active participation of their members.


The group’s secretary, meantime, expressed his gratefulness since the project did not only provide work for their members but also gave them a valuable source of income.


To conclude the event, another set of fingerlings – at least 60,000 pieces - was awarded anew to said group as well as to others coming from the nearby town.

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