Zambo prawn farmers warned vs. deadly virus


ZAMBOANGA CITY: Agriculture officials have warned prawn farmers in Brgy. Vitali of a possible outbreak of White Spots Syndrome Virus (WSSV) with the onset of the hot weather. Brgy. Vitali, which is 73 kilometers east of this city, is a main source of crabs, lobsters and prawns since prawn farming is the livelihood of majority of the residents in the area.  Rico Tabal, head of the Field Agriculture Office 6 based in Brgy. Vitali, said the main manifestation of the disease are white spots in the head and tail of the infected shrimp. Tabal said his office is preparing measures to address the possible outbreak of the WSSV infestation at the fishponds in Vitali. He said the WSSD can wipe out the shrimps in the ponds in just a few days. Tabal said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources has set a dialogue with growers and stakeholders on February 7 to see how the infestation can be contained if not eradicated.


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