ASF-AFFECTED PAYATAS HOG FARMERS TO RECEIVE URBAN AQUACULTURE IMPLEMENTS
African Swine Fever (ASF)-affected hog raisers in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City received today, March 5, units of urban aquaculture support system from the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) as part of the alternative livelihood project of the government for ASF-affected hog raisers.
Under the said project, 60 sets of aquaculture support system will be given to select beneficiaries, 30 of which to hog farmers of Barangay Payatas and the remaining to Barangay Bagong Silangan.
Each aquaculture support system includes tilapia/hito fingerlings and devices such as pump and fabricated filtration system.Aside from this, each beneficiary will also be given fish feeds needed for one whole growing cycle. Payatas hog raisers will also receive four units of circular grow out tanks with grow beds.
A joint project by the DA-BFAR’s National Capital Region (NCR) and the local government of Quezon City, the urban aquaculture project aims to raise the level of agro-fisheries productivity in the cities by converting vacant lots or structures into food production areas, such as vegetable garden, aquaponics, and fish tanks or backyard fishponds. It is aligned with the One DA approach initiated by Agriculture Secretary William Dar, in support of the current administration’s whole-of-government approach in cascading programs that will speed up recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know that food security is also linked to our ability to source alternative forms of livelihood. We understand the grievances of our ASF-affected hog raisers and this problem is already being addressed by the Department of Agriculture,” Undersecretary for Agri-Industrialization and for Fisheries Cheryl Natividad-Caballero said. “Since there is a way to provide you with an alternative livelihood, the DA-BFAR program on urban aquaculture is here, and we are very happy that the city government of Quezon City has fully supported the implementation of the project,” she added
Usec. Caballero also encouraged urban fish farmers to learn other aspects of fish farming and try other high-value species like ornamental fish that can further increase their income. She said that the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) is opening its doors to interested parties in breeding freshwater ornamental fishes.
As more people become aware of urban aquaculture and its feasibility, DA-BFAR hopes to partner with more city governments that would like to engage in productivity-enhancing projects such as this project.
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the Department of Agriculture responsible for the development, improvement, management and conservation of the Philippines'
fisheries and aquatic resources.
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