BFAR Caraga recovery interventions: to boost aquaculture in Agusan del Sur
As provinces of the region take steps to regain normalcy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) XIII through the leadership of OIC Regional Director Dr. Nilo Selim Katada has introduced recovery intervention to boost back aquaculture in the landlocked Province of Agusan del Sur.
Through the stimulus funds of the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act”, DA-BFAR XIII is providing support assistance to Provincial and Municipal Fish Hatcheries with the goal of revitalizing the fry and fingerlings production, and provide local aquaculture operators with available supply of fish seed stock.
The project targets four (4) government operated hatcheries in located in Esperanza, Prosperidad (Patin-ay), Bunawan and Sta Josefa. The Provincial Fisheries Office of Agusan del Sur (PFO-ADS) has delivered the net materials on the respective local government units on May 20 and 24, respectively. Along these are 9,000 tilapia fry for broodstock development and 68 bags feed inputs. Total project cost for this project is P500,000.
OIC Provincial Fishery Officer Bimbo Lagare expressed the significance of an operational municipal hatchery that would complement the Bureau’s effort in supplying the needed freshwater fry and fingerlings of the province. It is estimated that the province annually requires not less than 5M of tilapia fry to sustain the existing aquaculture industry. Given the support, it is projected that the four (4) hatcheries can produce the needed fingerlings, hence DA-BFAR can now focus on expansion areas or diversify to other fish species such as catfish or ornamental fishes which are equally potential and lucrative fishery enterprise.