P2.3-M Fish Breeding Center Opens in Mountain Province – Manila Bulletin

Inauguration of a P2.3-M fish breeding center in the Montagnes province

BONTOC, Mountain Province – A 2.3 million peso municipal multi-species fish breeding center was handed over by the Ministry of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Cordillera to the municipal government on Monday, September 5 .

The Sitio Lubo settlement, Barangay Talubin, is the first breeding center to be run by a municipal local government unit in Mountain Province.

DA-BFAR-CAR provided 2.3 million pesos to improve the breeding center while UGL Bontoc contributed 100,000 pesos as counterpart funds.

Administrative Officer IV Ross Kiat-ong of the Municipal Farmer’s Office said the improvement of the breeding center which began in December 2021 will not only meet the demand for quality fingerlings in the municipality, but will serve also a learning and research center for students and the community.

Kiat-ong added that the initial farming operation would include three species of fish: tilapia, carp and Japanese fish.

BFAR Provincial Field Officer Martha Estima, representing Regional Director Lilibeth Signey, said the availability of a functioning breeding center will reduce mortality during fry transport, which was previously due to the supply of fry from neighboring provinces.

Estima has requested the support of local fishermen for the sustainability and development of the breeding center.

Bontoc Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong Jr. thanked DA-CAR for

its constant and continuous support to the municipality.

Tudlong said the breeding center would be an excellent avenue for the further development of the agricultural sector as it would provide employment and business opportunities.

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