Cooperators in the Legazpi fishpond receive 110K tilapia fingerlings.
Since January, the City Agricultural Office (CAO) has sent 110,000 tilapia fingerlings to 152 local fishpond partners.
The fingerlings were donated by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) under the Department of Agriculture-Bicol (DA-5) as part of the Marcos administration’s food security initiative, according to City Agriculturist Shiela Nas in an interview on Monday.
The distribution of fingerlings attempts to reduce poverty in communities by enhancing the livelihood pursuits of marginalized fishermen.
The villages of Matanag, Dita, San Joaquin, Homapon, Banquerohan, Cagbacong, and Bariis, which are located in watery regions appropriate for tilapia farming, are among the beneficiaries.
According to Nas, the Department of Agriculture required that each and every fishpond cooperator be registered in the Registration System for Basic Sector for Agriculture (RSBSA) (DA).
The fisherpeople will also receive feeds to help the fingerlings grow more quickly, she added. “We already conducted training to all the beneficiary fisher folks regarding the proper way to feed and take care of their brackish-born fish using Azolla and rice bran which are considered to be high protein and rich in vitamins,” she said.
Nas advised the fishpond partners to keep a tight eye on the fingerlings’ health in order to prevent their demise till they are harvested after four to six months.
She added that in order to avoid space congestion, fishermen are encouraged to release no more than three to five tilapia fingerlings per square meter at their own fishponds.
In a separate interview, the city’s mayor, Geraldine Rosal, explained that the distribution of fingerlings is a component of the city’s aquaculture development program, which aims to guarantee a sufficient supply of fish for sale and consumption by the general public.
She declared that she will continue to push CAO to support all of the initiatives in the marine and fishing industries by creating resources to maintain aquaculture productivity and raise fishermen’s standard of living.
In order to maintain the massive harvest that will undoubtedly help to solve the poverty issue faced by the fisher folk in the neighborhoods, Rosal continued, “We need to protect the fishing sector in our city.”
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