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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012


BFAR, LGUs tie-up on SWIP fish cage project

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 26 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) region 2 has tied-up with Local Government Units (LGUs) that have Small Water Impounding Projects (SWIPs) for the establishment of fish cages as an additional mechanism to boost fish production in the region.

Regional Director Jovita P. Ayson said some 135 fish cages will be installed in different parts of the region. The 45 fish cages were already established last year in Cagayan province and additional 50 cages will be put up this year-- 25 in Isabela, 10 in Nueva Vizcaya and 5 in Quirino province.

“This is to support the food sufficiency program of the present administration and our effort to boost fishery production in the region,” Ayson said.

She further said that the program will provide not only food to the people but also livelihood opportunities, especially to the fisherfolk sector.

Before the establishment of fish cages, Ayson said, trainings and orientations on how to manage, maintain and sustain the fish cages are conducted for irrigators association that were organized to manage the SWIP.

“Our [part] is the provision of technical assistance, the fingerlings and the fish cage equipment; the LGUs are responsible for other needs during the trainings, while the irrigators associations will provide raw materials for the establishment of the cages,” Ayson said.

Ayson said the project will help a lot in combating hunger and malnutrition in the households, as well as in maximizing the use of the SWIP projects that are originally designed to provide water supply to rice fields. (TCB/OTB/PIA-2)

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