Agri Newsbriefs (August 7-13, 2017)

BFAR places Visayan Sea under protection 

IN A bid to prevent overfishing and other illegal marine activities, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has placed Visayan Sea under its direct control and supervision.

The move has made the body of water which is one of the richest fishing grounds in the country, the first Fisheries Management Area (FMA) in the country in compliance with Republic Act 10654, or the amended Fisheries Code.

As a result, BFAR along with the local government units and stakeholders will craft a fisheries management framework plan for enforcement activities, establish reference points for major fish species and convene a science research group for the monitoring of fish stocks.

BFAR will also deploy monitoring control and surveillance (MCS) vessel for the Visayan Sea to strengthen seaborne patrolling and the enforcement of fisheries laws.

 

Lake Lanao gets 5 million fingerlings 

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is distributing five million fingerlings of various indigenous non-invasive species in Lake Lanao this month to increase food supply in areas in the vicinity of the lake. 

The initiative was meant to help farmers and fishermen in the area who were affected by the ongoing battle in Marawi City under the agency’s Balik Sigla sa mga Ilog at Lawa (Basil) program.

DA also pledged to provide 500 fishing boats to fishermen of Marawi City in the next three to four months for use during harvest time.

 

Pinol wants Agriculture in curriculum 

AGRICULTURE Secretary Manny Pinol is proposing the inclusion of agriculture as subject in the curriculum of elementary and high school students in the country.

The move is seen to rekindle the interest of younger generation in the matter as well as to ensure the turnover of new breed of workers who will be willing to work in the farmlands in the future.

Pinol said he already discussed his proposal to Education Secretary Leonor Briones who tapped undersecretary for Policy and Planning Segfredo Serrano to study and ensure the the proposal will be given appropriate consideration.

 

DA allots P10-M for Marawi farmers

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is making available P10 million worth of  interest-free “Survival and Recovery” (SURE) loans to farmers and fishermen affected by the ongoing battle in Marawi City.

The loans are designed to help local farmers and fishermen recover their economic losses from the ongoing firefight of government soldiers and the Maute group.

Each beneficiary identified by the regional DA office could avail a loan of up to P25,000, of which P5,000 has already been initially been distributed to them.

 

(By Ehlorra Mangahas, Trainee)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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