Ilocos residents enjoin to avail online aqua-business techno guide

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Feb 13 (PIA) - - The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) in Region 1 has enjoined all residents, who intend to engage in aqua-business amid the COVID-19 pandemic, to avail the online access to “fish farming business know-how.”


DA-BFAR Region 1 OIC-Regional Director Rosario Segundina Gaerlan said the aqua-business information materials can be accessed online through DA-BFAR’s official website and Youtube channel. 


“All interested groups or individuals particularly those returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and Balik Probinsya availees, as well as the small-scale farmers and fisherfolk Filipino who can potentially venture into agribusiness, can avail the DA-BFARs collection of aquaculture technology,” she said. 


“Guided with a theme: Sa Aqua Negosyo, ang Kaalaman at Kasanayan ay Mahalagang Puhunan (In aqua-business, the knowledge and excellent practices are the important investment), we are also preparing the compendium for the collection of aquaculture technologies to be showcased in our regional and provincial fisheries offices,” she added.


The virtual launching of the DA-BFARs collection of aquaculture technology project was held on February 8, 2021 in Quezon City.


She said that the project is a component of the “Aqua Negosyo Para sa Pilipino” initiative of the DA-BFAR.


The project emphasizes that the key to successful agribusiness, including aquaculture enterprise, is acquiring the right knowledge and technical skills. 


Among the available information materials developed by DA-BFAR’s National Technology Centers are videos of modern technology such as urban aquaponics and instructional guide of culturing sought-after fishery commodities like tilapia, bangus (milkfish), shrimp, seaweeds, and shellfish.


“For DA-BFAR Region 1, we will offer several trainings on aqua-business and fish farming technologies, and we have the learning service providers (LSP), who are readily extending technical assistance on fishery culture and a business venture,” Gaerlan said.  


The aqua-business project integrates the One DA approach to strategic communication while hitting another of the Agriculture department’s key initiatives of jumpstarting agribusiness and spurring entrepreneurial and economic development in the countryside through the establishment of Agro-Industrial Business Corridors (ABC). 


Earlier, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said that at the start of the year, the DA launched the One DA Approach which follows the whole of government approach of the Duterte Administration. 


“Under this approach, we laid down 12 key strategies to achieve a transformed and empowered agriculture and fisheries sector in the country,” said Agriculture Secretary Dar. 


Considering the importance of aquaculture development, the DA-BFAR has allotted at least P1.3 billion or 70% of the total budget of the Fisheries Development Program under the National Fisheries Program to support the aquaculture sector this year. (JCR/FGL,PIA 1) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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