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Agri Office Conducts Fisher Folk School

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
28 March 2011, at 1:00am

PHILIPPINES - In its effort to address the problem on lack of appropriate technical knowledge on tilapia production in fishponds, the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) conducted a Fisher Folk School (FFS).

Held at Barangay Burnay, the five-month activity seeks to adopt the FFS approach in transferring aquaculture technology through a participatory learning process over an entire culture period.

Nerisa Danao of the PAO said that the agriculture office was able to train 15 farmers in tilapia production in fish ponds and determined the growth performance of tilapia in terms of weight and length, survival rate, and return of investment.

Ms Danao said that the methodology used in said activity were lectures and hands on, used notebooks, ballpen and the like; semi-intensive culture while project activities included coordination, consultation, planning, leveling of participants, and implementation.

On cultural management, modules on pond preparation, fertilization, stocking of fingerlings, feed and feedings water management among others were carefully taught to the fisher folks. Ms Danao disclosed that with four pieces per square meter the Return on Investment (ROI) can be 80 per cent.

With the abundant rivers here as sources of water, this semi low lying area of the province is also an ideal municipality to produce fishes.

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