Fishpond operators seek assistance

February 7, 2011

CANDABA – A group of fishpond operators here is asking for technical and financial assistance from local government officials to save the dying tilapia industry in this town.
This came amid an earlier admission made by Mayor Jerry Pelayo that the tilapia industry here is already dying due to water pollution at the Pampanga River, which serves as the main source for fishponds.
“Ngayon nakita na ng mga nanungkulan ang problema naming mga fishpond operators. Ito talaga ang dahilan kung bakit marami sa amin ang bangkarote na ngayon. Hindi na kami kumikita, baon pa kami sa utang sa mga supplier ng feeds,” Jerry Pangilinan, a former fish pond operator here, said.
It was learned that several hundreds of hectares originally dedicated to the tilapia industry were already converted into farming grounds.
“Wala kaming magawa kundi ang gamitin muna ang mga fishponds namin para sa pagtatanim ng palay kaysa naman malugi ulit sa pagti-tilapia,” one of the operators stated.
The group claimed that 80 percent of fish owners have stopped operating because of losses.
“Yung iba na tuloy pa rin sa pag-aalaga ng isda pero hindi na kumukita. Mini-maintain na lang nila ang kanilang mga fishponds. Hindi na sila nagpapakain ng feeds basta hinihintay na lang nilang lumaki ang mga isda,” Pangilinan added.
As this developed, they are seeking the immediate intervention of concerned government officials and agencies for an outright solution to the problem.
“Kailangan natin na matiyak kung ano talaga ang problma. Kung mahina na ba talaga ang kalidad ng lupa o kung wala na talagang oxygen ang tubig na ginagamit dahil sa pollution,” one of them lamented.
They also pointed that the municipal government can also help in giving free fingerlings to the affected fishpond operators.

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