To showcase polyculture technology of tilapia and catfish in a landlocked and upland province like Abra, the DA-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, in collaboration with DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Cordillera Administra

To showcase polyculture technology of tilapia and catfish in a landlocked and upland province like Abra, the DA-National Fisheries Research and Development Institute, in collaboration with DA-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Cordillera Administrative Region (BFAR-CAR), conducted a Harvest Field Day on “Technology Business Incubation: Upland Tilapia and Hito Grow-out Culture in Abra” on 27 October 2022 in Sitio Galicia, Monggoc, Pidigan, Abra. 

In aquaculture, polyculture involves fish species of different food habits for the effective use of available fish foods in the ponds that is less intensive but sustainable and environmentally sound. The said technology enables fish farmers to increase fish production in the area and double their net income than growing one kind of fish only. 

“Tilapia is one of the five priority commodities of DA-BFAR and hito is one of the high value fish commodities in CAR. Polyculture of these commodities will command higher prices and more earnings for the fish farmers and at the same time boost the economy of the province,” said Dr. Lilibeth L. Signey, regional director of DA-BFAR-CAR. 

“To achieve a successful production, we introduced some intervention and techniques para sa pagpo-produce ng tilapia at hito. Sa ating harvest field day, naka-harvest tayo ng 148 kg na tilapia at 67 kg na hito,” shared study leader Nico A. Macaraeg. 

Selected members of the Abra Diocesian Teachers and Employees Multipurpose Cooperative (ADTEMPCO), serving as incubates, were present during the harvest day. 

They were trained on good aquaculture practices from pond preparation, feeding management, water quality management, harvesting, and proper handling of the produce. 

Funded by the DA-BAR, the project aimed to facilitate transfer of research-based technologies through the institutionalization of the TBI to augment fish insufficiency, boost local production, and give additional livelihood to the fish farmers. (### Maria Elena M. Garces)