Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DA to put up trading
Post in Bohol –Alcala

MANILA, October 20, (PIA)—Agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala reveals government plan to put up a good and strategic trading post in Bohol.

This is in line with the bid to elevate the agro-industry production here and create a local source for the demand for vegetables here.

The plan could also maximize high value commercial production in Bohol, especially that the highlands in Jagna, Duero and Sierra Bullones have proven to be good for vegetable farming.

But, with vegetables as easily damaging crops unsuitable for long storage and uncertain market connection, most farmers would rather not pant than waste these in the process of getting to the markets.

Alcala, who came to Bohol as guest of honor and speaker during the World Food day celebration in Bohol October 14, told Boholanos that about 50-60% of vegetables consumed here come from outside Bohol.

Many believe such is so because Boholanos do not see vegetable production as profitable without the proper market assistance and infrastructure set up.

“It is high time that we put up a good strategic trading post in Bohol,” Alcala announced during the jampacked crowd gathered at the Bohol Cultural Center.

Already a set up infrastructure technology during the previous administration, the trading post concept is a resurrection of the “bagsakan centers,” which then Agriculture secretary Artur Yap implemented in his term.

“We refuse to call it bagsakan anymore,” Alcala said, “because even before it could soar, it has already fallen,” he quipped, unmindful of the presence of the former aggie chief in the stage.

The Quezon born former congressman and now agriculture czar asserted that a trading post still uses the middlemen but regulates them so it levels the prices and facilitates the marketability of vegetables.

Here, with a trading post strategically located, a farmer owning 2-3 hectares can easily move up his economic status by sending their produce to the trading hub.

In his home in Sariaya Quezon, a farmer of 2-3 hectare farm have sent their produce to trading posts and are now silent millionaires.

“We will continue to help in making Bohol people’s lives better, the secretary” said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Bohol “fish conservation” 
Shifts to alternative fishing 

MANILA October 20, (PIA)—Lessening the tension of fishing and opening up alternatives to fish-bank and reduce pressure on the overburdened sea is a direction the Provincial Government picked as moves to highlight in fish conservation ripple across the province. 

Overfishing and the recent spate of calamities hitting Bohol’s crucial fishing communities delivered the coup de grace for fisheries which has been allegedly burdened by diminishing catch, unsustainable harvest fishing and environmentally destructive methods, according to fishery stakeholders as shared by EcoFISH project through Aniceta Gulayan.

And to this, fishery sector chief of the office of the Provincial Agriculture Remedios Regacho said the earthquake of 2103 and the series of typhoons hitting coastal communities in Bohol triggered the flow of government assistance for communities.

For Bohol fisheries and the goal to lessen fishing pressure, the earthquake rehabilitation assistance project as well as the Yolanda, Queenie, Ruby and Seniang, the government looked at the issue of fish conservation as opening up alternatives.

Regacho shared that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources funded in Bohol the restoration of ruined seaweeds farms which the three last quarter storms ravished.

She reasoned out that the OPA believes if people have seaweed farms to tend, we urge people to farm than fish. 

About 64 people’s organizations received seaweed planting materials as well as technical support for the rehabilitation of ruined farms, she narrated. 

Moreover, in areas in Talibon, Loon, Tagbilaran, Candijay, Dauis and Panglao, the government handed in 50 fish cages while it also supported the fish supply of bangus fry for the cages, she said.

Even then, the fishery sector chief revealed that BFAR also handed tilapia and bangus fingerlings even as BFAR Bohol officer-in-Charge Leo Bongalos said they also hands in certificates of awards to cross-matched Department of Social Welfare and Development to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries. 

All we need to have are these fishermen 4Ps beneficiaries registering in the national fisheries registration so we could get the assistance going their way, Bongalos explained at Kapihan s PIA on fish conservation last week. 

For generations, our idea of fisheries is still that of a hunter, who may end up after a day with nothing for the table, this idea of fish farming and fish production elevates us from the crude time to a more organized human community, BFAR said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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