Fisheries bureau disperses tilapia in Binga-A A +A
Thursday, December 23, 2010
THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recently donated 70,000 fingerlings to be released in Binga dam as part of its commitment to food security in the recently concluded 110th foundation anniversary of Itogon, Benguet.
The agency has been focusing on small fisherfolks to boost the fishery sector in the region. However, despite the agency's best efforts, climate change has reduced production here.
Itogon Mayor Oscar Camantiles said he appreciates this resource enhancement program of BFAR and believes it will benefit most of his constituents.
Camantiles likened the success of tilapia growing in Ambuklao dam in Bokod town to the future he is eyeing for Itogon. Folks here have been relying mostly on mining as a source of income.
"Since fishery intervention is a concern in the municipality, it is timely that we acquire technical expertise in fisheries as we will be guided on fishery production as a means of livelihood, taking advantage of our rivers and dam resources," Camantiles added.
BFAR Provincial Fishery Officer Pino Wakit assured continuous monitoring of the freshwater fishes for them to reach maturity before harvest.
This is important, he said, in preserving the quality of tilapia being produced by small fishing communities near the dam.
Recently, BFAR also focused development and improvement of fishery technology in Itogon because it will help sustain their communal water systems, including the Agno River.
Since the year 2000, the agency has given at least P700,000 in grants for the development of the fish ponds and fish terraces in Level 13, Barangay Poblacion, Itogon. (JM agreda)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 24, 2010.