To increase catfish production and support fishfarmers to recover from the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, a project titled “Catfish Production in Ponds” was launched.

The six-month project which started on October 2020 was able to increase the region’s catfish production which yielded a total of seven metric tons (MT).

The harvested fresh marketable catfish was valued at P1.05 million pesos in gross sales and net income per family of about P18,818.00.

Through the project, farmers were given fingerlings, commercial feeds and technical assistance. They were also trained and introduced with good aquaculture practices/technologies on catfish production through the coordination with BFAR and LGU.

A total of 20 backyard farms were established in which 20 families from Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; Aleosan, North Cotabato, T’boli, South Cotabato and Malungon, Sarangani Province were assisted.

The Catfish Project is one of the component projects of the GALING-PCAARRD Kontra Covid-19 Program.