EL NIDO, Palawan — This town’s initiative to introduce hybrid tilapia culture has sparked interest among local fishermen, particularly those unable to venture into the seas during bad weather conditions.
The municipal agriculture office (MAO) has so far distributed at least 100,000 hybrid tilapia fingerlings for culturing.
“Pagkakalibangan ko lang sana pero ngayon, magiging source ko ito nang income para maka-survive lalo na taghirap na dahilan ng pandemic crisis” John Garcellano, a recipient of the program said. He has just started a small facility for tilapia culture in his property in Barangay Villa Libertad.
“Medyo na-busy ako ngayon. Lagi ko ito tinitingnan araw-araw, nakakatuwa po. Palakihin ko muna sa cage. Baka next month, ilipat ko sa pond,” he added.
The MAO on May 27 completed the distribution of the fingerlings that were provided by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) from its hatchery pond in the municipality of Narra.
Municipal agriculturist Virginia Balderas said there were at least 15 local fishermen in town who received the support from BFAR.
“Bago pa lang ‘yan sa El Nido para dagdag kita ng ating mga mangingisda. Malaking tulong na rin sa kanila ‘yan kung hindi sila makalaot dahilan sa masamang panahon, may ibang hanapbuhay din sila,“ Balderas told Palawan News.
BFAR has also distributed at least 15,000 pieces of milkfish and 1,000 pieces of crabs for a marine culture project in Sitio Dagal-Dagal, Brgy. Corong-Corong in March. Mayor Edna Gacot-Lim together with vice mayor Luningning Batoy and Balderas visited the marine project area on May 28.
“Maganda siya at try out ‘yan natin, kapag successful, gawin natin ‘yan sa ibang barangay para ma-encourage natin silang mag-culture for additional income. At least, may sariling produkto dito galing sa atin,“ Batoy said.