𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿, 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗮𝘀𝗮𝗻 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿-𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗶 𝗮𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺
With the improved version of the first batch of enhanced venturi projects, BFAR has distributed another two units of the solar-powered venturi aeration system in the municipalities of Conner and Calanasan in Apayao Province recently. The improved version of the technology is still part of the enhanced aquaculture projects of the Bureau which is charged from the downloaded funds.
It can be recalled that these enhanced aquaculture projects aim to double the income of the fisherfolk beneficiaries with a higher yield of production through doubling the standard stocking density of the given fishpond area — from five to 10 pieces of tilapia per square meter.
“With the use of this technology, we expect to have high survival rate of the fish stocks because of the aeration and circulation system. Since one of the primary parameters of water quality for the fish stocks to have optimum growth performance (regardless of the feeds) is the dissolved oxygen (DO) present in the fishpond. Thus, it is best to maintain more than 5ppm of DO”, said Project Leader Marx Perfecto C. Garcia. Good DO also prevents the fish from gasping during daytime.
Garcia added that the improved version has a vigorous water circulation despite the low wattage of the water pump. He advised further the technology is best operated at nighttime to sustain the provision of dissolved oxygen or enhancement of DO in the water, and then encourage to switch on the battery and the solar panel to store energy preferably at 8:00 in the morning.
RD Lilibeth L. Signey explained that the project requires an area of 1,000 square meters, thus Mr. Renier S. Bilan Sr of Barangay Buluan in Conner was able to qualify as project recipient. RD Signey emphasized the importance of record keeping to track and monitor production data from time to time that can be used as basis for future references especially on the feasibility of the technology.
“We are very thankful for the intervention given for our fisherfolk in Conner. Indeed, the government does not choose where this kind of projects can be implemented. Even in the most remote and high-elevated terrain of Cordillera, BFAR reaches the fisherfolk through the assistance. So, I encourage other fisherfolk to venture in fish farming so we will not buy from nearby towns since I know that we can supply fish for our community”, said Conner Mayor Martina W. Dangoy.
Meanwhile, Mr. Loreto T. Asuncion received the other unit and was installed in Barangay Sta Felomina, Calanasan. The delivery and installation of the said project was undertaken despite the continuous rain and cut roads because of the previous typhoon.
The activity was conducted with the presence of BFAR-CAR RD Lilibeth L. Signey, PFO Apayao Meynard V. Domingo, other staff, together with Calanasan SB Member Kyle Mariah Bulut, Municipal Agriculturist Luisa U. Magna while in Conner, Mayor Martina W. Dangoy attended the activity together with Municipal Agriculturist Corazon P. Gasmeña, Agricultural Technician for Fisheries Evelyn B. Bayaua.