DOST to provide floating fish cages to farmers, fisherfolk in Nueva Ecija

Published August 27, 2021, 11:57 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is seeking to introduce floating fish cage farming among farmers and fisherfolk in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.

(Photo by Ali Vicoy/ Manila Bulletin File Photo)

During his weekly report on Friday, Aug. 27, DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said members of the Conversion Vegetable and Corn Growers Association and fisherfolks who are residing in Barangay Conversion, Pantabangan will be given floating fish cages through the agency’s Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program.

The assistance will be extended to the association by the DOST-III through its Nueva Ecija provincial office, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), in cooperation with the local government unit (LGU) of Pantabangan.

“Through this assistance, the association will be able to practice fish farming that could potentially increase their catch by 50 to 100 percent,” de la Peña said during his weekly report on Friday.

“Later on, once the volume of fish has already increased and can be sustained, a processing facility will also be established so that they can produce dried fish products such as “tilading” or tilapiang daing. Tilapia is the dominant specie caught in the lake aside from biya and tawilis,” he said.

The BFAR is expected to provide technical assistance on cage culture and fish production, while CLSU will provide training on smoked fish processing technologies.

The Pantabangan LGU has vowed to provide the feeds for the first production cycle.

The DOST-III reported that more than P2.46 million has been earmarked for the project under the CEST program.