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Farmers and fisherfolk month launched

May 13, 2010


May 12, 2010, 9:16pm

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan — The fisheries bureau in Cagayan Valley region opened recently the annual celebration of Farmers and Fisherfolk Month highlighted by the installation of a Regional Fisherfolk Director who shall sit and assume the role and position of a BFAR Regional Director for the whole month of May.

According to BFAR RO2 Regional Director Jovita Ayson, the annual installation of a Fisherfolk Director is intended to “further dramatize and popularize the fisherfolk empowerment and participation as government partners.” During the same period, BFAR regional directors are directed to engage themselves in barrio immersion.

Sixto Trinidad, a 63-year old farmer and fisherfolk leader of Barangay Nangalassauan in Amulung town, this province, has been chosen to act as RFD for this year’s celebration.

Trinidad is the current chair of the Nangalassauan Integrated Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative, chairman of the committee on elections of the Cooperative Bank of Cagayan, and member of the board of directors, Provincial Marketing Cooperative of Cagayan.

As per his experiences at the grassroots level, Trinidad expressed the need for closer coordination between national government agencies and local government units to facilitate project implementation.

The Farmers and Fisherfolk Month, is meant to draw awareness on the vital role of farmers and fisherfolk as backbone in the government’s poverty alleviation program.

Alongside the installation of a Regional Fisherfolk Director, Ayson said that, the agency will establish projects aimed to increase fisheries production such technology demonstration projects on inland aquaculture, mariculture, marine fish cage and seaweeds culture. The agency will also intensify law enforcement activities, conduct open house in BFAR RO2 fish farms regionwide, and disperse fingerlings where feasible, Ayson said.

“These are not only meant to help our fisherfolk but are also measures to address pressing concern on climate change and El Nino and at the same time increase fisheries production in our region,” Ayson said.

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