LUNA, Apayao – The provincial government, through the Provincial Office for Agricultural Services (POAS), distributed PhP 2,365,000 worth of aquaculture inputs to 400 yApayaos last October 24, 2023.
The distribution took place at the POAS compound in San Gregorio, Luna, marking a significant step in supporting local farmers and strengthening the province’s agriculture sector.
The aquaculture inputs provided to the beneficiaries include tilapia fingerlings and feeds, which are essential components for the sustainable development of fish farming in the province. These inputs aim to empower local farmers by enhancing their aquaculture activities and providing them with the means to generate additional income.
Apayao boasts abundance of both land and water resources, fostering a thriving ecosystem. However, the assurance of food security does not solely rely on the availability of these resources, but rather on how efficiently they are harnessed to yield maximum agricultural output.
In Apayao, it is not uncommon to witness the transformation of agricultural fields into ponds that appear to be unproductive and underutilized. Many local fisherfolk face challenges in venturing into this business due to their limited knowledge of fish culture and post-harvest handling techniques.
Tilapia farming, with its considerable economic potential, presents a promising opportunity for marginalized workers. When managed effectively, this enterprise has the potential to generate profits for its participants, ultimately contributing to increased food production and security in the region.
The distribution of aquaculture inputs will significantly benefit recipients who lack the necessary funds to sustain their fish farming businesses. Furthermore, it will serve as a catalyst for bringing together small-scale food producers, promoting collaborative efforts to address production challenges through sustainable agricultural practices in the province.
The initial distribution of these aquaculture inputs reached 200 beneficiaries from Lower Apayao. In the coming week, further distributions are scheduled for beneficiaries from the Upper Apayao. By Krizza Castillo