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Growing tilapia production in Negros Oriental
An official of the Provincial Agriculturist’s Office said on Tuesday that tilapia farming in Negros Oriental, particularly in the upland areas, is growing as more people appreciate and consume this specific type of fish.
In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, Emmanuel Caduyac, officer-in-charge of PAO, stated that as part of the provincial government’s push for food security, they are giving these growers tilapia fries and feeds.
In a mix of mixed English and Cebuano, Caduyac added, “We are boosting our distribution of farm inputs such as rice, corn, and vegetable seeds, as well as tilapia fries and feeds for upland fisheries.”
In the hilly areas, more individuals are building tilapia ponds, and many are asking for tilapia fries, primarily for their own consumption, he claimed.
What’s fascinating, according to Caduyac, is that a lot of people in the province are now accustomed to eating tilapia, as opposed to before when this kind of fish was still foreign to them; this has led to an increase in demand for it.
He said that the province of Negros Oriental is served by three tilapia hatcheries owned and operated by the PAO, located in Siaton, Bais City, and this capital city.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Bohol developed a new breed of tilapia known as Excel that is “fast-growing and may be harvested in three to four months,” which is also thought to be the cause of the province’s increased tilapia production.
According to Caduyac, tilapia costs between PHP160 and PHP180 per kilo at the local market.
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