Maasin City distributes tilapia fingerlings for backyard pond to farmers
By Bong Pedalino
Maasin City (26 February) -- City Mayor Maloney Samaco personally handed over tilapia fingerlings to excited farmers yesterday afternoon at the City Agriculture Office, each farmer getting 1,000 small fishes to be grown in a backyard fishpond.
Some 90 farmer-recipients were grinning after receiving his and her share of the fishes secured in a plastic bag with water inside from an equally beaming Mayor Samaco.
Assisting in the distribution were City Agriculturist Amado Acasio, City Councilors Vevencio Costillas and Antonio Cardoza, and Anunciato Encarnacion, the Provincial Fisheries Director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
It was learned that the fingerlings came from Palompon, Leyte, and were given free by BFAR, with the city shouldering the transport costs, and the farmers paying P 25.00 for the thick plastic bag used in carrying the healthy fries.
In his message shortly before the distribution, Mayor Samaco stressed that the activity has been a tangible proof that the city government cares about its food security program especially to poor farmers.
In a short chat with PIA, Samaco said there were already tilapia distribution in the past at the barangay level, but so far it was the most attended and the most number of recipients.
He said the city is planning to establish its own tilapia hatchery at Danao Forest Park, so those who wanted to cultivate a backyard fishpond can readily avail, and not wait for a periodic distribution.
BFAR Provincial Director Encarnacion earlier gave a video orientation on the mechanics about successful raising of tilapia, either in a one hectare pond or a 100 square meter lot, giving inputs on best practices so the fishes can be harvested in three to four months.
Another delivery will be coming very soon to accommodate the many interested individuals who came to the city DA office even if they were not listed as part of the 90 farmers from the city's 70 barangays who were the recipients of yesterday's distribution. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]