Lapu-Lapu local exec eyes to develop seaweed farming, uplift fisherfolks from poverty

Lapu-Lapu local exec eyes to develop seaweed farming, uplift fisherfolks from poverty

By Junex Doronio
January 21, 2023

PHOTO CAPTION: On Friday, January 20, 2023, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan personally inspects the seaweed farm of the City Agriculture and Fisheries Office (CAFO), located in a seawater area in Barangay Marigondon.

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Having experienced seaweed farming himself, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has encouraged his constituents in Olango island to venture into seaweed farming as it could potentially earn them P30,000 to P300,000 a month.

The mayor, who was a “guso” (seaweed) farmer in 1998, has been eyeing the City’s 240-hectare area in Minantao and Danajon Reef for seaweed farming since last year.

It was learned that the Minantao and Danajon Reefs are a few nautical miles east-southeast of Olango island and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has 10,000 kilos of “guso” seedlings intended for seaweeds farming.

Chan has encouraged the fisherfolk in the coastal area of Lapu-Lapu to participate in seaweed farming, which requires minimal expenses and can also help to improve water quality and provide habitat for marine life.

Based on his own experience, Chan said a “guso” farmer earns not less than P30,000 a month and some even reach as high as P200,000 to P300,000 a month.

The mayor has long envisioned developing the city’s 240-hectare area in Minantao and Danajon Reefs as a future seaweed farm site to help alleviate his fishermen constituents’ poverty. (ai/mtvn)

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