Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BFAR eyes more fish landing centers

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Davao Region is eyeing the establishment of more Community Fish Landing Center (CFLC) in the region to improve the socio-economic condition of the fisherfolk communities.

“We have noted a 9.5% increase in fish production last year. The establishment of the CFLC is another strategy to further increase production this year,” BFAR Davao Regio Director Fatma Idris said.

The CFLCs, which is part of the Targeted Actions to Reduce Poverty and Generate Economic Transformation (TARGET) of the Bureau launched in 2014, aims to reduce post-harvest losses in the fisheries sector to 18% from the present 25%.

Among the three programs under TARGET are the fisherfolk registration, Boat Registration and the CFLC.,

Idris said with the CFLCs, BGAR aims to put up more infrastructure projects in order to house marine-entrepreneurs and fish farmers so they could get more opportunities to make their livelihood sustainable.

She said there were five CFLCs proposed in 2015 with an allocation of P2,850,000 each. The CFLC in Mati City, Davao Oriental was the first to be inaugurated on March 23, 2016.

"The remaining four CFLCs are still undergoing construction stages," Idris said. Up to 15 CFLC sites with a total budget of P45,000,000 are targeted for 2016.(lac)

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