BUGUEY, Cagayan, March 5 (PIA) — This coastal town, also known as “the crab capital of the north”, has established its own fish hatchery to help local fish farmers improve their productivity and profitability.
According to regional director Nelson Bien of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the project was initially funded under the Bottom-Up Budgeting system in 2016 with P1.75 million from BFAR and P250,000 equity from the local government unit.
Bien lauded the LGU’s initiative as it aligns with the present thrust of the agency to increase the region’s fisheries production.
He said the project was also established in response to the increasing demand of the town’s fisher folk and its neighboring towns for fingerlings.
“Fingerlings requirements are still sourced out from the neighboring province of Isabela and as far as Nueva Vizcaya,” the regional director added.
Once fully operational, Bien said the hatchery can culture tolerant tilapia fingerlings and crablets later, thus, will sustain the needs of the town of said aquaculture species.
“The availability of fingerlings in our area can improve productivity and profitability of fish farmers by way of reduced transport costs and higher survival rate,” said Danilo Rumpon, municipal agriculturist.
Rumpon said a lot of farmers will surely benefit from the facility, especially those who are culturing tilapia as they will have a ready source of fingerlings.
Rumpon added that the hatchery is not yet fully operational as they are still on the process of procuring needed equipment, however, they are now giving fingerlings for free at the moment.
“Fingerlings cultured at the hatchery will be sold later and only part of the total order will be subsidized,” Rumpon clarified. (ALM/GBV/PIA-2 Cagayan/with reports from Max Prudencio, BFAR)