Good aggie yield to offset dry spell effect on fishery
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (13 September) -- The prolonged dry spell in some parts of the country will have a negative effect on fishery growth only.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) noted that the drought now affecting Bicol, including the Northern, Southern and Central Luzon will likely have a negative impact only on freshwater fishponds specifically used for growing tilapia.
In Capiz, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics head Eric Piansay disclosed that while the Luzon area is experiencing drought, the province here has still a favorable condition, particularly on fishery production, rice, corn and vegetables as well as in livestock.
Piansay said that they are also projecting a higher increase in fishery production this year.
Last year, Capiz produced approximately more than 25,000 metric tons of aqua marine products, valued at about more than P1.2 billion, Aquaculturist Audie Belargo of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) here said.
Said marine products primarily produced by the province include milkfish (bangus), prawn, mud crab, oyster, mussel, seaweeds and grouper, Belargo said.
He added that last year, the province has an estimated milkfish production of 16,560 metric tons, equivalent to about P828 million.
Meanwhile, BFAR Director Malcolm Sarmiento noted that the potential loss of 45,743 metric tons of freshwater tilapia in the event of a prolonged dry spell can be offset by opening up mariculture parks as production sites for cultured tilapia in non-drought areas.
Malcolm pointed out that the drought is even beneficial for the culture of milkfish and salt-tolerant tilapia, which can tolerate higher water temperature and salinity in brackish water ponds. (PIA) [top]