Pursuing the ultimate goal of the Bureau towards a food secured nation with prosperous fisherfolk and farmers at its core, BFAR8 initiated the implementation of the Aqua-based Business School with Gender and Climate Change Perspective (ABS-GCC) geared to equip our fisherfolk with the right skills, knowledge and technologies to kickstart their journey towards becoming a fisherfolk-entrepreneur.
Seventeen (17) Fisherfolk Associations (FAs) from Baybay City, Leyte has undertaken the Aqua-based Business School modules and has started equipping themselves with the business know-hows and fishery technologies in developing their own aqua-enterprises. At present, these FA’s are on the fourth phase of the training program which consist the actual implementation of the program on-field. This includes the stocking of Tilapia fingerlings in the fishponds of our fisherfolk-beneficiaries.
Last July 24, 2020, A total of 59,000 tilapia fingerlings were stocked in the fishponds of seventeen fisherfolk associations who has proven to be adept in tilapia grow-out culture through the ABS. Four (4) of these FAs will engage in Intensive Tilapia Culture and will also be provided with the start-up feeds by the Bureau.
Moreover, through the Provincial Fishery Office of Leyte in support to the “Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra COVID-19 (ALPAS sa COVID-19) Program”, fisherfolk associations and fishpond operators were also given the opportunity to polyculture their tilapia with macrobrachium fry (freshwater prawn) to maximize the utilization and production of their fish ponds. A total of 10,000 fry were stocked in six (6) fishponds of our fisherfolk beneficiaries.
After two months of culture, these enrolees are expected to produce at least 10,000 kg of Tilapia and at the same time, their training on the ABS program will come to a close in its module 5 entitled the “Harvest Festival”. This event will also serve as the commencement activity of the program where our fisherfolk enrolees turned entrepreneurs will be furthering their step towards developing and sustaining their own aquaculture ventures for a “Masaganang Ani, at Mataas na Kita” for both our nation and our countryside heroes.