CONVERSION OF WASTELANDS INTO A PRODUCTIVE AQUACULTURE AREAS
Another community based livelihood program, the project is envisioned to assist-fisherfolk throughout the country in converting and utilizing idle unproductive areas such as sand dune areas, lahar lands, sunken flooded areas, mountainous and marshland/swamps to a productive livelihood projects in response to priority thrust of increasing fish production and alleviate poverty nationwide.
Initially, a pilot demo project shall be identified in three (3) regions nationwide with ideal and viable sites to served as show window and dissemination of technology to fishfarmers.
The launching of the first sand dune pilot demo project in Madiladig, Laoag City, a one (1) hectare unproductive, idle, sand dune areas were undertaken recently to serve as another livelihood opportunities to rural fisherfolk of the area.
a. Site Selection
- Areas which are accessible thru tributaries, rivers, streams from the tidal influence of sea water.
- Parcel of lands with not more than four (4) meters of topographic undulations from the ground (0 datum).
- Preferably available source of electric power and access to market and barangay road network.
- Available major farm inputs (feeds, fertilizers, etc.).
b. Technical/extension services and beneficiaries
- Technical assistance on the basic design, management and operations to be provided by BFAR National Aquaculture Centres and ROS who shall render extension services through training and seminars to the beneficiaries.
- Beneficiaries are those cooperators from the rural communities who are displayed farmers in the locality to be organized by the BFARMC’s in coordination with the LGUs.
c. Financial and Administrative Assistance
- To be provided by BFAR in collaboration with the LGU in a form of MOA.
d. Pilot Demonstration
- Madiladig, Laoag City, has 1 sand dune area.