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Monday, October 18, 2021

DA, BFAR train SurSur women on milkfish production, processing

By: DA-Caraga

BAROBO, Surigao del Sur -- Through the Bangus Deboning and Bottling Training on Oct 12-14, the Anunang Gamut Fisherfolks Association (AGFA) in Barangay Anunang, Barobo, Surigao del Sur was introduced to a new set of skills to help them earn additional profit for the family and community.

Mostly attended by women, the 3-day training in partnership with the DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) involved the AGFA members and non-members in a hands-on activity.

Maricel J. Maturan, Fisheries Postharvest and Marketing Section staff of BFAR showed the activities which were followed by the participants.

According to Rubelyn Cahiles, wife of an AGFA member, the learning gives more relevance to them as women in the community.

"While our husbands are busy in the sea, we can do deboning and bottling. It's an extra income for the family and community plus a sustainable livelihood for us women in the house," said Rubelyn.

With the abundance of Bangus in the area, an overproduction forces the fisher folks to sell their harvest at a lower price, losing the chance of additional profit. Now, with the acquired knowledge of processing, the excess Bangus can already be sold at a reasonable price.

Furthermore, Barobo's local government showed support by providing an estimate of P64,000 worth of materials for the start-up of their Bangus bottling and deboning business.

In line with the goals of PRDP, the training intervention supports the Bangus Marketing and Production in Barobo. It aims to increase the marketable volume of Bangus from 11,000kg to 33,790kg.

Likewise, an additional enterprise's income of P883,000 from P511,000 and fisherfolk's earnings from P82,000 to P87,000. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Sur)