LAOAG CITY, Dec. 10 – The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) has shifted to providing hybrid tilapia fingerlings to fish growers after the latter observed increased production compared to ordinary varieties.
Jose Ariston, a recipient from Barangay 2 Vintar town, said the hybrid tilapia brings in more harvests than the ordinary breed the PAO used to distribute.
“The hybrid one grew faster than the usual tilapia breed. In five-month time, they are ready for harvesting,” he said.
Arsiton owns four fish pond near his house where tilapia is commercialized.
“The income is better now, because aside from shortened harvest time, the product is (of good quality),” Ariston said.
PAO regularly visits the fisheries to teach growers more technique in raising fish.
The project was realized under the provincial government’s innovative program “Manang Imee’s Capitol Express.”
Manang Imee’s Capitol Express is a pro-poor program of the provincial government that brings its basic services closer to the people for inclusive and sustainable growth.
The program includes: ‘Jobs and Livelihood’, ‘Tulong’ (Help) which caters to education, health, death and burial, barangay requests, legal consultation, social counseling, services for senior citizens and handicapped and ‘Documentation’ which includes the assistance on land titling, and other kinds of application for certification. (Cherry Joy Discaya-Garma)