|DA turns over fishing implements to fishers of Zambales|
|Written by DA-AFIS|
|Monday, 10 March 2014 06:40|
The Department of Agriculture (DA) through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) distributed various fishing paraphernalia worth over P4.24 million to the fisherfolk of Zambales during Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala’s visit on February 21, 2014.
Alcala, who was visiting the province for the third time as Secretary of the DA expressed his support to the local fishing industry and even encouraged local government chiefs and farmer leaders to strengthen coordination to be able to improve livelihoods in their locality.
The fishing implements distributed intended to assist small fisherfolk in the province include marine engines, tuna handlines, seaweed farm implements, deep-sea payaos, life vests, gillnets, and smokehouse among others.
Different farm and fishing gears were also raffled off including carabaos with implements, life vests, marine engines, certified seeds, handlines, and hand tractors.
During the Alcala urged the audience to join the DA and BFAR in promoting means of sustainable fishing. He said that cooperation among fisherfolk and leaders is important to continuously upgrade the fishing industry in the country.
Aside from showing support to the fishing industry, Alcala also assured farmers of the DA’s help in improving rice production and mango harvest in Zambales. He urged everyone continuously collaborate with the government and the agriculture agency to find ways to improve rice yield and expand areas dedicated to mangoes in the province.
To help prop up the mango industry, Alcala also pledged to distribute 30,000 mango seedlings and 20,000 sampaloc seedlings which will be planted around Zambales.
During the forum, Alcala received various indigenous rice and vegetable planting materials from the Lubos na Alyansa ng Katutubong Aeta sa Sambales (LAKAS) led by Carlito Domulot as a sign of the groups’ gratitude to the Secretary for extending various agri programs to their community. The group also confirmed their support to Alcala amidst issues the DA is currently facing.
|Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 06:42|