LAGAWE, Ifugao -- Fisherfolk here were elated when the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced that the province is the first in fish production in the whole region.

Pio Tayaban, senior officer of the Fishery Division of the Provincial Agricultural Environment and Natural Resources Office (Paenro), said this is a welcome development to the province as this is a source of income to the fisherfolk.

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He said fish is a better source of protein than animal meat.

According to Tayaban, the municipality of Lamut is the top producer of fish in the province and this is its One Town, One Product.

Tayaban said that with the support of the Provincial Government and the BFAR, a provincial hatchery was constructed in Lamut while two breeding centers for "dojo" or loach were installed in the Hungduan and Kiangan.

The fishery division is busy maintaining the Ifugao Provincial Fish Hatchery and Research Center at Poblacion West, Lamut and a dojo hatchery, Tayaban said, adding that the division is conducting research in breeding and growth performance of fish specie and native kohol.

"At present, we are busy conducting trainings in aquaculture and conducting Field Farm School (FFS) which is a season long training,” Tayaban said.

A total of 102 hectares are fishponds in the municipalities of Lamut, Al. Lista, Aguinaldo, and Lagawe. (Vency D. Bulayungan)