CENTRAL VISAYAS, January 25, 2021 – Thousands of fisherfolk and hundreds of associations from Central Visayas Region (Region 7) benefitted from the livelihood aid of the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program.
The DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 7 earmarked Php 79.1 million worth of fishery projects and livelihood interventions to 157 organizations (2,249 Members) and 2,372 individuals from 2017 to 2019. More than Php 15 million was allotted in 2017; Php 27 million in 2018; Php 37 million in 2019 and Php 19 million in 2020.
BFAR 7 implemented at least 61 projects in the provinces of Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor. The assistance varies from aquaculture, capture fisheries, and postharvest technology.
For aquaculture, projects rolled out were pond culture, marine fish cages, freshwater fish farms, seaweed culture, and shellfish culture.
Under the capture fisheries, beneficiaries received fishing gear, gill nets, fish corrals, fiberglass boats with marine engines, and other fishing materials.
Postharvest technologies were also distributed such as fish processing equipment, stainless table, value-adding materials, and ice-making machines.
In an average, before a fisherfolk-beneficiary can earn between Php 300 and Php 500, now that the each beneficiary were given with SAAD projects they are gaining an income between Php 800 and Php 1,500.
About the BFAR-SAAD Program
BFAR-SAAD follows a different and unique approach in providing assistance to farmers and fisherfolk.
It is implemented on a three-year period wherein the progress of the projects gradually advances on the succeeding years.
In the first year, the beneficiaries are provided individually with projects that help augment their livelihood.
In the second year, fisherfolk were formed into organizations and were immersed in skills development training.
In the third year, they are capacitated in handling fishery enterprises that they will have to manage independently on their own.
BFAR, through the SAAD Program, aims to empower fishers by providing them better opportunities in improving their livelihood and increasing their income through enterprise development, hoping to alleviate the poverty status among stakeholders. ###
May Miasco – Cabucos, BRAF SAAD Region 7, Information Officer
Jemiema Arro, DA SAAD, PR and Communication Officer
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