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Thursday, October 21, 2021

AgSur town POs promote Tilapia hatchery

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The people’s organizations (POs) from the municipality of Sta. Josefa in the province of Agusan del Sur have engaged in Tilapia fingerlings and were able to receive assistance from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Caraga and the provincial government.


During the Network Briefing News hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Wednesday, Mayor Symond Otacan Caguiat of Sta. Josefa bared that almost 90% of the municipality’s  population are engaged with farming as their main source of livelihood.

“The provincial government through BFAR provides strong support to our small fisherfolks. The LGU has established a tilapia hatchery for our people's organizations so they can access free tilapia fingerlings,” said Caguiat.

The mayor added that there were 25 POs that had benefitted from this hatchery, including individuals who need tilapia fingerlings. “We also give them feeds and other equipment needed to raise tilapia,” he added. 

Mayor Caguiat also emphasized that the LGU will re-operate its farm-level trade centers for their farm produce like organic rice, corn, and cacao beans and support it with post-harvest facilities. 

“We'll also fully operationalize our water irrigation with appropriate schedules for the 11 barangays here in the municipality. We plan to set aside funds to buy the palay and corn from our farmers and we've started doing this already but we lack the capital, hence, we need additional support from other concerned agencies,” he said.

Sta. Josefa is a third-class municipality located in the southern part of Agusan del Sur and part of district two; you can reach us through land travel from Davao City and if flying in from Butuan City airport, we are also accessible through land travel. The said municipality consists of 26,422 inhabitants and has an area of 341.8 square kilometers. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)