Lanao Norte farmers shift to seaweeds
January 23, 2011, 4:16pm
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Philippines – With the strong support of the Lanao del Norte provincial government, many local farmers and fishermen in the province have shifted to seaweed growing which they discovered to be not only more profitable but also less physically laborious, it was learned here recently.
Lanao del Norte Gov. Khalid Q. Dimaporo, with the technical assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST), recently implemented the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency and Employment Program (CLEEP) for seaweed farming in the coastal towns of Kolambugan, Tubod, Maranding, Bacolod, Lala, and Karomatan.
Dimaporo said that in Kolambugan’s seaside village of Manga alone, at least 75 families initially became seaweed growers who received their seedlings from the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) in this capital town.
The positive impact of PAO’s initial seaweed distribution in Manga, Dimaporo said, prompted other local families to troop to this town to secure their own seedlings even as similar moves were later taken by other villagers from other coastal municipalities until the PAO could hardly cope with the demand for seaweed seedlings.
Dimaporo reported that the DoST recently allocated close to P1 million for the expansion of the local seaweed farming project to more than 300 new family beneficiaries.
He said the PAO has extended the distribution of more seaweed seedlings to recipient families in the villages Simbucao, Mukas,Tabigue, Manga, Pgcaranas, and Taguiguiron. (Tony Pe. Rimando)