Tilapia village opens in Lupon

By Ferdinand Zuasola

LUPON, Davao Oriental– The provincial government through the Provincial Agriculture Office and the Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon’s  pagkain at Kita Program successfully launched the Tilapia Village Enterprise Development project and Cold Water Tolerant Tilapia Hatchery and Nursery project on Monday(September 26) at Barangay Calapagan Municipality of Lupon.

The 5,180-square meter tilapia hatchery owned by farmer cooperator Oscar Matimbo located in Purok Centro, Calapagan aims to established tilapia buying and collection in the three barangays  (Don Mariano, Calapagan and Marayag) where there is enough source of fresh water for cold water tolerant tilapia.

Rotchie M. Ravelo, technical consultant and operations manager for Pagkain at Kita program said the total project cost of P879,000 was sourced out through a counter-parting scheme wherein the provincial government has subsidized P662,000 while the rest were pulled  off from the funds of provincial, municipal and barangay local government units,the bureau of fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) as well as the farmer cooperator himself.

The allotted budget was utilized in the procurement of farm inputs that includes tilapia fingerlings, feeds, organic and inorganic fertilizers.

The project was set off as part of the provincial government’s target of achieving 74,524 square meter area for its tilapia production projects and as a response to the growing demand of tilapia fingerlings in the in the province.

“The establishment of this project is one way of addressing the insufficient supply of tilapia fingerlings. We have considerable number of tilapia growers in the province but we still have to source out the supply outside the province. As a result, our tilapia growers could only produce less in a limited period of time. We do not only provide another livelihood program for our famers but we are also able reliant and further heightens their awareness that we can also do what other provinces have done, ”Ravelo said.

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