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Samar town plays host to tilapia hatchery

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (February 2) -- San Jorge, a Samar town will be playing host to a tilapia satellite hatchery in this part of the Eastern Visayas.

This was learned through a letter of invitation by OIC Catalina Saises for the inauguration on February 6, 2009 of the Integrated Freshwater Hatchery located in Barangay Blanca Aurora, some 11 kilometers northeast of San Jorge town.

The hatchery is located in the rich San Jorge River and construction of the building has started yet in November of 2007, although some finishing touches have yet to be effected, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) authorities believe it is time to open it.

The project, said John Meniano, Chief of the Fishery Sector, Provincial Agriculturist Office, is in line with PGMA's Hunger Mitigation Program in Eastern Visayas.

BFAR Chief Rolando Ay-ay said that the LGU of San Jorge through Mayor Nancy Grey, National Agriculture and Fishery Council (NAF-C) BFAR central and BFAR Samar offices with the Office of the Provincial Agriculture and Governor Milagrosa Tan pooled resources to finance the project proposal penned by Ronnie Berida of the BFAR-Training Center.

According to data from BFAR, tilapia is the second most important fish cultured in the country, next to milkfish (bangus). In 2004, of the total fisheries production (3, 924,510 MT) tilapia contributed some 145, 868 MT or 18.6%.

The government, BFAR added has developed and launched a new tilapia strain, the GET EXCEL Tilapia and Saline Tolerant Tilapia (Best 1 and Best 2). This is expected to further increase tilapia production in the country, increase income and provide livelihood opportunities among local fisherfolks.

The establishment of the satellite hatchery in Blanca Aurora, San Jorge, Samar will assure the success of this intervention for the Aquaculture for Rural development to feed the upland farmers added BFAR.

BFAR expects big names from fisheries to grace the event. Among those expected are Director Gil Adora, BFAR Juan Albaledejo, Agriculture Leo Caneda, Dr. Melchor Tayamen, Sesinando Olgado, San Jorge Mayor Nancy Grey and acting Governor Jesus Redaja. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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