TACLOBAN CITY — The Leyte provincial agriculture office has rehabilitated and improved on a freshwater fish hatchery to meet the growing demand for tilapia.
The P5.38-million Leyte Provincial Freshwater Fish Hatchery project will be fully operational by August this year and cater to at least 753 backyard fishpond operators in 41 municipalities and two cities in Leyte.
“We aim to produce 3.015 million tilapia fry annually to be distributed free of charge to backyard fishpond operators at 500 pieces per operator,” said acting Leyte provincial agriculturist Rogelio O. Portula.
German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has provided financial support of P3.85 million.
Alexander U. Tabbada, senior advisor of GIZ’s Enhancement of Food Security in the Visayas, said the project is technically sound because it involves the improvement and expansion of an existing mini-fish hatchery.
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