NAGA CITY, Jan. 25 (PIA) - The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) turned over ten (10) units of Aquaponics System to the City Government of Naga thru the City Agriculture Office (CAO) a week ago at the PSO Training Hall, here.
The distributed equipment to 10 beneficiaries from the different barangays of the city is part of BFAR's innovative technology that aims to ensure sustainable food production in urban communities. It combines concepts of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (soil-less growing of plants) that allows fishes and vegetables to grow together in an integrated system.
"It is called Aquaponics and this was designed because of COVID," BFAR - Bicol Regional Director Nelson Bien said during the turn-over.
"First of all, we want to discourage our constituents from going out to go to the market to buy vegetables and fish. With the equipment and technology, they will have their own vegetables and fish to eat and they don't need to go out to go to the market," Bien added.
The BFAR Chief also said that the project is focused on urban cities like Naga, Iriga and Legazpi City, where spaces are small to plant vegetables, such as lettuce and pechay, and raise fish like 'tilapia' for livelihood especially in this time of pandemic.
The capacity of an Aquaponics unit can accommodate 400 fishes and more than fifty (50) lettuce and 'pechay.'
Mayor Nelson Legacion sees BFAR's aquaponics project to become highly in demand in this time of pandemic when people are being encouraged to stay at home and the prices of merchandises are going up.
"The project allows us, Naguenos to become productive while going along with the health and safety protocols against the coronavirus disease," he said.
With the employment of aquaponics where people grow their food at home, food security is assured, fresh organic food is guaranteed and allows them to help improve the condition of the environment.
After receiving the units, the 10 beneficiaries underwent a training-seminar on the proper use of the aquaponics units with BFAR-Regional Office V personnel serving as resource speakers. (JRMadri with reports from Neola-CEPPIO/ -PIAV/Camarines Sur)