Catfish production up-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
THE volume of daily catfish, or locally known as hito, production in Los Amigos, Tugbok in Davao City has increased in the past few months.
Village chief Angelico Santander, Jr. said they have recently produced at least 2,500 kilos of hito daily, higher than the daily produce of 1,500 kilos in 2012.
He said the data is based on the daily production of some 38 members of Los Amigos Aqua Culture Producers Organization (Laacpu) alone, adding that Los Amigos has more than 100 hito growers.
"Paspas gyud ang production. In fact, maka supply na pud mi sa among market outside sa among barangay, outside Davao City (The production continues to increase. In fact, we're able to supply our market outside our barangay and outside Davao City)," Santander told reporters during the opening of the 9th Pantat Festival Thursday.
He said they are now supplying hito in Tagum City, Panabo City, Bukidnon province, and Cagayan de Oro City.
Rebecca Limbaga, Laacpu president, said the production of catfish has wider distribution outside the city due to a larger area of fish pens.
"Mas nakita nila nga mas taas ang production sa hito, dili pud siya pareha sa uban product kay ang hito man gud dili lisud i-dispose (They've seen the rising production of hito. Unlike other products, hito can be disposed easily)," Limbaga said.
Santander said at least 2,000 to 3,000 pieces of fingerlings are being produced for a 200-square-meter fish pen.
Because of the increase in daily production, hito is among the prime products of Los Amigos with a total market worth of P109 million per year. Hito can be sold in market at P120 per kilo, Santander said.
He added that there is already a high demand of catfish abroad such as in Japan, Canada, and Europe.
He, however, said they still cannot meet these demands from abroad as their production is not enough to cater them yet.
He said Japan, for instance, is demanding them two tons or around 2,000 kilos of hito per day.
"Limited lang kay dili basta basta makapagawas kay ang mahitabo mawad-an ang atong syudad. So ang atoa, back-up ni sa atong syudad para sa food security. So wala mi nigawas ug agreement or contract kay basin unya ug dili nato kaya suplayan (It's limited since we cannot fully supply them and we need to secure our city's needs first. Thus, we haven't entered into an agreement yet)," Santander said.
Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, chair of committee on agriculture, said she vows to help the hito growers here by promoting the festival.
Aside from that, she said she wants the city to partner with national agencies and recommend storage facilities for hito growers.
She said the festival could not only help hito growers in Los Amigos generate income but also help promote city's tourism.
The 9th Pantat Festival officially kicked off Thursday with Pantat Tilaw and Catch-and-Grill activities.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 04, 2013.