RP Energy, BFAR start seaweed farming project in Zambales
Together with other stakeholders, Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. (RP Energy) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) have partnered for a Seaweed Farming Project that will benefit two barangays in Subic, Zambales.
The collaboration involves the set-up of two pilot seaweed nurseries in Barangay Cawag and Barangay Matain in Subic. These nurseries will later expand into seaweed farms.
RP Energy, the developer of a 2×300 MW coal-fired power plant in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, facilitated the establishment of the seaweed nurseries.
The company is also responsible for the social preparation and coordination with the two beneficiary organizations of the project, which are identified as the Parola Fisherfolk Neighborhood Association (PAFNA), and Samahan at Ugnayan ng Mangingisda sa Matain (SUMAMA) of Subic.
Meanwhile, fisherfolk group Subic Bay Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Fisherfolk Association (SBIFARMFA) and Farm Capital Corporation, the company behind the brand Weedera, worked together and surveyed possible locations for the pilot nurseries.
BFAR, for its part, will be in charge of monitoring, technical assistance, and training to the beneficiary groups for this project.
Weedera, which currently exports seaweeds to various countries like Japan, China and Taiwan, will be the one to buy the seaweeds from the organizations at competitive prices.