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BFAR, RFTC complete training on hito culture

Tuguegarao City (April 17) -- The Regional Fisheries Training Center in collaboration with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the provincial government recently completed a series of training for African Catfish (hito) growers in all municipalities of Quirino

Quirino Pascua, training specialist said, there is a need to secure the newly established hito grow-out projects in the province because of the carnivorous nature of the fish.

“We have to implement extra measures on the fishpond projects to prevent the stocks from escaping to communal bodies of water (CBWs) where it can wreak havoc among the indigenous species,” Pascua said.

Assistance for the projects will come from the dispersal program of the provincial government aimed to reduce poverty and hunger in the rural areas. Provincial Fisheries Officer Florence Mangoba said that a total of one million hito fingerlings were dispersed.

Fishponds for hito culture must have at least half to one meter flat board or net fence above the pond dike. Fishponds should not be flood prone and its dike strengthened, as added security measure.

Pascua said african catfish is a fast growing fish that can survive on poor water conditions and have the ability to utilize atmospheric oxygen. It can eat indigenous feeds such as snails, and cooked chicken entrails as well as commercial feeds.

Meanwhile, BFAR regional director Jovita Ayson said that the fisheries bureau is planning to produce Native catfish at its fish farm at San Mateo, Isabela through induced spawning. “Aside from the usual tilapia and bangus, we can also have in the near future the delectable native hito on our dinner plates,” the director added. (BFAR/PIA Cagayan) [top]

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