DILIMAN, Quezon City – Aquaculture practitioner from South Cotabato swears by nine major considerations in starting and ensuring success in hito and tilapia fingerlings production.
These are good site selection, stock selection, water management, stocking density, feeding management, pest management, pond waste management, harvest management, and record keeping.
Leonardo Primne, Jr., owner of Primne’s Aqua Venture Farm in Banga, South Cotabato, shared this as he served as guest expert on the Agricultural Training Institute’s (ATI) teleradyo program with DZRH, Agri Asenso.
“In any fingerlings or grow-out production, the most important is a good site selection, and along with it, the design of the pond should have proper drainage,” he said during a Zoom interview with program hosts ATI OIC-Assistant Director Antonieta Arceo and broadcaster Henry Uri.
He added that in terms of stock selection, it is critical to source out high-quality fry or fingerlings from accredited fish farms.
Another priority in Primne’s list is the use of clean water in the pond, which should be free from any contaminants and toxic chemicals.
After giving these tips, the guest speaker also talked about the wide market for hito and tilapia in the region, as well as his profit of approximately 50-70% every month.
Primne’s Aqua Venture Farm is an accredited Learning Site for Agriculture of ATI. Presently, it offers an expansive variety of fingerlings such as tilapia i-Excel 2016, which is accredited by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
Other fingerlings include, among others, native hito, African hito, Thailand hito, common and bighead carp, common and sex-reverse tilapia, giant gourami, pangasius, Indian Rohu, and dalag.
This episode aired last May 28 and is available for streaming via the Facebook pages of ATI and DZRH.