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NIR develops tilapia culture

Would Negros Island be the next biggest tilapia producer? With the latest developments, it seems like it’s about to happen!

Negros Island which was formed into a new region only recently is widely recognized as the sugar bowl of the Philippines. The island region is also being eyed to be the chief producer of diversified agri-aqua products in the country, Manila Bulletin reported.

One platform that is being entirely embarked on now is the promotion of tilapia culture. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources launched before a program that intends to handover the latest aquaculture technologies to investors and fisher folks in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. The project consists of the formation of a tilapia hatchery that will harvest fingerlings of GET EXCEL and red tilapia strains to qualify for the criteria of big and small fishpond operators, the report said.

The tilapia project will be emphasized at the 2016 Agrilink trade expo which will take place on October 6-8 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

“The exposure of Negros Island in an event as big as Agrilink can help create a promising opportunity for agribusiness, especially in the region’s tilapia Industry. Through undertakings such as this, consumers are educated and encouraged to explore other products that are not previously known in the locality. Tilapia is now accepted and appreciated in the diet of the locals.” Florencia Mepania, Negros Oriental’s provincial fisheries officer said.

Diverse range of agricultural products, services and technologies are anticipated to be exhibited at the 2016 Agrilink expo, Manila Bulletin said.


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