By Development Communication Section/MET Aldon
KABACAN, Cotabato – SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (AQD) along with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) conducted an on-site training on freshwater aquaculture in Kabacan, Cotabato last 25-28 February 2019.
During the Opening Ceremony, Mr. Usop Pendaliday, OIC Director of BFAR-12, welcomed SEAFDEC/AQD researchers, BFAR fisheries coordinators and participants to the training. He lauded the efforts of SEAFDEC/AQD headed by Chief Dan Baliao for coming to far-flung Kabacan, Cotabato just to teach BFAR stakeholders and clients practical aquaculture technologies suitable in land-locked areas like Cotabato.
Chief Baliao explained that the activity is within the auspices of the Joint Mission for Accelerated Technology Transfer Program (JMANTTP) which he is reviving. The Program was implemented in 1996 but was suspended due to lack of funds. “I am reviving this Program because this will not only augment fish production but also provide the people livelihood,” he said. He also added that there will be more of this kind in other parts of the country.
Mr. Ferdinand Piñol, Executive Assistant at the Department of Agriculture, challenged the participants in his keynote speech to translate the knowledge they learned from the training into something tangible that would help the country augment the declining fish production. “Take advantage of this activity that you are availing now. This is a rare privilege of having SEAFDEC coming out from their comfort zone at SEAFDEC to teach you the right and sustainable aquaculture technology”.
The on-site training had 68 participants from all 17 municipalities of Cotabato. The highlight of the activity was demonstration of techniques on harvest of fry, packing, acclimation, transport and stocking in ponds. Dr. Rolando Platon demonstrated the preparation of feed for sex reversal of tilapia. Dr. Frolan Aya showed to the participants the techniques in induced spawning of catfish and stripping of eggs after maturation in 8-12 hours.
The participants thanked SEAFDEC and BFAR for giving them the chance to know the correct techniques to increase their production.