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Expansion of Aquaculture Eyed in Isabela

25 July 2012

PHILIPPINES - The provincial agriculture office expressed its intention to expand aquaculture production in the province in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

This will be an alternative source of income for rice and corn farmers in the province.

Provincial Aquatic and Fisheries Officer Nimfa Aquino said they are giving out free fingerlings to fish farmers to encourage them to venture in aquaculture even at their backyards as a means of adding their income other than rice and corn farming.

Ms Aquino said fish farmers are also entitled to the provincial government’s life insurance programme where the premiums are paid by the provincial government.

Ms Aquino said that as of second quarter this year, there were about 1,000 fishers in the province covered by life insurance.

She said the province is 80 per cent sufficient in the supply of tilapia, as the provincial agriculture office is giving fingerlings-subsidy to fish farmers in the province.

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