TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Through proper utilization of water resources and the right technology, the landlocked and mountainous province of Quirino has the potential to significantly augment its fish supply, this is emphasized by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 2 (BFAR2) .
BFAR2 Senior Aquaculturist Jennifer Tattao said that data from the Philippines Statistics Authority in 2018 shows that Quirino produced 3.46% of Region 2’s total tilapia production but she believes that the province has the capacity to produce more should it use its untapped potential for aquaculture.
Potential mentioned by Tattao are fishpond development, fish cage in small water impounding projects to their suitable bodies of water and integrating aquaculture in rice farming. Tattao said that the Bureau is ready to render technical assistance in order to realize this potential.
Tattao added that the high return on investment recorded in several Semi-Intensive Culture of Tilapia in Pond techno-demo projects of the bureau in Quirino and the continuous efforts to educate residents on fish farming are steps toward the same direction.
Also, Tattao cited the demo project in the farm of Christopher Pardito in Aglipay, Quirino who was able to reach a 47.57% ROI or an income of P14,732.00 from his production cost of P30,698.00.
Pardito stocked a total of 2,250 tilapia fingerlings in his 450 sqm. pond to which he harvested 457 kilos by the end of 131 culture period.
Meanwhile, Other successful techno-demo recipients this year who utilized the same technology, as per the Senior Aquaculturist, are Maribel Sumibcay of Diffun, Quirino and Rodel Baclig of Maddela, Quirino. They made 33.46% and 31.73% ROI, respectively.
Tattao said low cost of production is achievable through the semi-intensive culture system or the use of naturally available food as supplementary feeds to provide extra nutrients to the fish in addition to commercial feeds required.
“The Bureau is promoting the production of natural food through proper pond fertilization and use of locally available materials such as duckweeds,” she said.
BFAR RO2 Regional Director Dr. Milagros Morales lauded the accomplishments of the Production Division in bringing fishing technologies closer to the fisherfolk clients.
“We want to help our fisher folk client to adapt with the best and latest developments in the field of technology, so we can make their life a lot easier while becoming more productive, thereby attaining abundant fish supply in the market and high income for the fisher folk.”
-Reports from BFAR