TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Allocating a portion of rice farm to aquaculture production can significantly boost farm productivity and farmers’ income as shown by the recent technology demonstration projects of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 2.
Ariel Tubiera’s farm in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, produced an additional P14,000.00 by utilizing 500sqm of his rice farm for fish production using the modified rice-fish farming system.
Tubiera was able to harvest 495 kilos from the 2,500 pcs. fingerlings stocked in his pond after 111 days culture period. He sold his total harvest at P42,698.33.
He has rolled over the proceeds from the techno-demo project and is now into the second cycle of his integrated farming venture.
“I am very thankful to BFAR for teaching me how to use modified rice-fish farming. Fish farming produces way more income compared to regular farming using similar lot area,” he said.
Meanwhile, BFAR RO2 Senior Aquaculturist Sharon Celino said that not only did the technology provide additional income to Tubiera, but the water stored in his farm pond was also used to irrigate the rice area and can extend crop production to dry season.
Also, Celino, Regional Project Leader of Integrated Farming, said that with the technique, ten-percent of the rice field area is utilized as a pond refuge for fish production while the remaining 90% remains as rice farm.
She added that aside from Tubiera, other techno-demo cooperators in the region succeeded in using the technology like Jose Angoluan of Rizal, Cagayan, and Anabelle Peria of Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya who made 47.8% and 34.84% ROI, respectively.
“We are encouraging farmers to adopt an integrated farming system to increase their production and income. Our office is always open to provide technical assistance.”
-Reports from BFAR2