TAWI-TAWI – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fishery and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), through its provincial office in Tawi-Tawi, conducted on Oct. 14, the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a Seaweeds Buying Station at Barangay Butun in Sapa-Sapa Municipality.
MAFAR allocated Php4.8 million for the project that covers the construction of a warehouse building and procurement of other equipment needed to operate the buying station.
The project was funded under the Bangsamoro Appropriations Act of 2020.
“The project aimed at boosting economic gains of the seaweeds farmers of Sapa-Sapa and the nearby municipalities,” said Provincial Director Aidarus Nami of MAFAR Tawi-Tawi.
Nami emphasized that the project will also extricate the travel cost of transporting the produce to Bongao Municipality, the province’s business center, as the seaweeds buying station in Sapa-sapa will purchase seaweeds products equal to the standard price in Bongao.
He stressed that the project will encourage the seaweeds producers to increase production and boost their income.
Meanwhile, Shameera Macaraeg, Sapa-Sapa municipal administrator who represented the mayor, expressed the LGU’s gratitude to the Bangsamoro Government saying the “project will surely benefit the constituents of Sapa-Sapa municipality in many ways.”
Also present during the groundbreaking ceremony were MAFAR Engineering Division Head Engr. Abdulhag Gayak, Fishery Department OIC Chief Evelyn Martinez, Agriculture Department Chief Aida Jumli, and local government officials of Sapa-Sapa.(Bangsamoro Information Office)