UPDATE: A techno-demo project of the Bureau aiming to boost the food production as well as ensure food security and sustainability in Eastern Visayas has been installed in several production stations and Provincial Fishery Office(PFO) of BFAR8.
Intensive Tilapia Culture in tanks has been set up in Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and Biliran PFOs. Intensive Tilapia in Tanks, which will be later upgraded to include provision for aquaponics is being set up to be launched in the regional field office of the Department of Agriculture in Tacloban City on 27th May as part of the Farmers and Fisherfolks' Month activities. This is intended to promote and contribute to fish sufficiency through urban aquaculture in the region.
Further, to strengthen the fisheries production of the whole region this technology has also been installed in the fish ponds of BFAR8's production stations. Three production station has started its operation for the intensive tilapia culture in pond and one fisherfolk beneficiary from Baybay, Leyte also took part in the techno-demo project.
This technology is expected to produce 30pcs of Tilapia per square meter as compared to 5-7 Tilapia per square meter production of a normal tilapia culture in ponds. The Regional Freshwater Aquaculture Production Center (RFAPC), one of the major tilapia production station of the Bureau, has taken the lead in implementing the project and through their utmost effort and dedication, the project is almost a hundred percent complete.
With this profitable numbers, intensive tilapia culture in pond and tank is sure to not only produce enough food supply for Eastern Visyas, but it also expects to bring a livelihood that will promise a bright future for our fisherfolk frontliners.