Zambo gov't, NEDA turn over projects to seaweed farmers

May 24, 2010 8:06 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 24 –The local government and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) have turned over P340,000 worth of projects to a group of farmers engaged in seaweed farming in this southern port city.

Mayor Celso Lobregat said the beneficiary of the projects, which was turned over Friday, is the Mampang Seaweed Planters Association (MASEPLA) based in Mampang, seven kilometers east of this city.

MASEPLA is composed of 70-seaweed farmer-members and is headed by Edgar Ramos as the group's president.

Lobregat said the projects consists of a one-fourth hectare of seaweed nursery, a dryer platform, two motorized bancas and a nipa hut constructed at Purok 8, Barangay Mampang.

Lobregat said the local government shelled out the amount of P170,000 while NEDA shouldered the remaining half of the projects' amount.

He urged the MASEPLA members to be self-reliant and be successful in their business venture now that the city government and NEDA have given them the necessary facilities.

Lobregat said he hopes that the group will be successful in their livelihood undertakings and could sustain it for the growth of this city's seaweed industry.

Lobregat said the city government is concreting portions of the road from the highway of Mampang leading to the project site for easy acces in bringing their produce to the market. (PNA) RMA/Teofilo P. Garcia/utb


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