December 8, 2022

TINOC, Ifugao – Twenty techno-demo livelihood projects were given to fisherfolk in barangays Binablayan, Danggo, Luhong, Tukukan, and Wangwang.

The project worth P910,000 include fingerlings and feeds needed for the entire culture period helping about 29 fisherfolks.

“We hope that through the rice + fish techno demo, you will be able to have a balanced diet especially that fish is a good protein source. In return, I suggest that you provide us the production data as a result of the project so the bureau may know how the project goes through the entire cropping period, so we can claim that fish farming is viable in Tinoc,” said Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Lilibeth L. Signey.

“Fisherfolk have great contribution to increasing fish supply in our area especially in conflict-affected barangays. This is the effort of the government to intensify the fight against insurgency,” Municipal Agriculturist Pedring P. Manghi added.

“We are grateful as we really feel your desire to visit our town, and augment livelihood interventions for the welfare of our fisherfolk,” said Municipal Administrator Cesario Bahiwag delivering the message of Mayor Samson Benito.

The recipients were also trained on aquaculture management for them to appreciate the importance of pond preparation, feeding, and biology of tilapia.

Marcelina Balinggan, 61, one of the project recipients in Barangay Luhong, said fish farming is more convenient than growing vegetables.

“It is really hard to engage in vegetable farming because of the bad effects of pesticides on our health. This is my first time to grow fish and I hope to have a good yield so we can sell some since a kilo of tilapia here ranges from P160 to 180,” Balinggan said. – Press release