In a significant development for Tarlac's aquaculture sector, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has bestowed a valuable Aquaculture Package upon the Balloc Fisherfolks and Farmers Association in San Clemente. This initiative, funded by the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program, is set to bolster tilapia production in the region.
Romina Yutuc, BFAR's Regional Fisheries Training and Fisherfolk Coordination Division Chief, announced that the town was chosen as one of the beneficiaries for the SAAD Program Phase II in 2023. She highlighted the project's goal to mitigate poverty in lower-income municipalities in Central Luzon, with Balloc being identified as a key area for the project's implementation.
The aquaculture package, valued at P476,687, is comprehensive, including an irrigation water pump, nets, tilapia fingerlings, life jackets, flashlights, and essential aquafeeds and supplements.
Mayor Elma Macadamia expressed profound gratitude for the initiative, optimistic about the positive impact it will have on the local fisherfolk's livelihoods. "We are beyond blessed to receive this assistance from BFAR, and we are hopeful that these resources will significantly enhance our municipality's fishery sector," she remarked.
The SAAD Program Phase 2 is designed to deliver targeted interventions in fisheries, aquaculture, and postharvest processes to the country's most disadvantaged and remote areas. It aims to catalyze community development by transforming beneficiaries into thriving community-based enterprises, providing them with access to economic opportunities and improving their agricultural and fisheries activities.
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