With the technology called “Semi-Intensive Culture of Tilapia in Pond,” Quirino has the potential to significantly augment its fish supply and boost its tilapia production.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) cited findings of the Philippine Statistics Authority in 2018 showing Quirino province only produced 3.46 percent of Cagayan Valley’s total tilapia production.
But with its abundant water resources, Quirino could increase its share of tilapia production in the region, Jennifer Tattao, BFAR Region 2 senior aquaculturist, said.
“We are eyeing to improve and develop Quirino’s fishpond, fish cages in small water impounding projects to their suitable bodies of water, and integrating aquaculture in rice farming,” Tattao said adding BFAR is extending technical assistance to realize the potential of the province’s fish production areas.
The province has recorded a high return on investment (ROI) in several of BFAR’s techno-demo projects in Quirino using the new technology, which is also part of the bureau’s efforts to educate residents on fish farming.
One of the demo projects in Aglipay in the farm maintained by Christopher Pardito recorded 47.57-percent ROI, amounting to a net income of P14,732 on top of his production cost of P30,698.
Tattao said Pardito stocked a total of 2,250 tilapia fingerlings in his 450-square meter pond and was able to harvest 457 kilos.
BFAR Region 2 also reported Maribel Sumibcay of Diffun recorded 33.46-percent ROI and Rodel Baclig of Maddela with 31.73-percent ROI using the new technology.
Tattao said through the semi-intensive culture system, low cost of production is achievable with the use of naturally available food as supplementary feeds to provide extra nutrients to fish. This is addition to the commercial feeds required.
“We promote in the bureau the production of natural food through proper pond fertilization and use of locally available materials such as duckweeds,” she said.
Milagros Morales, BFAR Region 2 director, said those are just some of the accomplishments of their production division whose aim is to introduce the best and latest fishing technologies to their fisherfolk clients.
“There are developments in the field of technology that we want to help our fisherfolk clients with so they can have more income for their families by becoming more productive, and thus bring abundant fish supply in the market,” Morales said.