CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Central Luzon (DA-BFAR 3) is continuously providing support and assistance to fisherfolk in the region who were badly affected by Super Typhoon Karding (Typhoon Noru) in September last year.
BFAR Regional Director Wilfredo Cruz said on Wednesday that some 100,000 catfish fingerlings were distributed Tuesday to fish growers in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija province as part of efforts to boost the region's aquaculture sector.
He said the distribution will help the fishermen recover from the devastation and start anew their livelihood activities.
“Catfish is a popular species in the area and it is not susceptible to diseases and less labor intensive, thus making it a good source of income for the local fisher folks,” Cruz said in an interview.
Likewise, the DA-BFAR 3 distributed some 20,000 freshwater prawn (ulang) postlarvae to the municipality of Talavera, also in Nueva Ecija.
“Nueva Ecija was among the provinces placed under a state of calamity following the massive damage caused by the super typhoon in the aquaculture sector,” Cruz noted.
Last May 5, Cruz said some 460,498 GET-Excel tilapia fingerlings were provided to 16 fish farmers from Barangays San Jose, Frances and San Miguel, all in Calumpit town, Bulacan province.
"The move is part of the survival and recovery assistance program of the agency for fisher folks and farmers alike whose livelihoods were adversely affected by the super typhoon,” he said. (PNA)