MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, November 3 (PIA) — The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) in Camiguin will start up a mud crab project this month to serve as show window for local fish farmers.
Urbano T. Rojas of the PAO fisheries section said that mudcrab farming is a profitable venture for fishpond operators because the demand is high, and resort and restaurant owners here are mostly dependent to the mainland and nearby provinces for supply.
The project will be enclosed by 400/12x14kxx100 md netting in a 400 square meter area in Liong, Guinsiliban and at the Quebe Eco Park in Mahinog town, stocked with some 1,500 crablets from the province of Lanao del Norte.
Rojas noted that mudcrab farming is always feasible in the province; the only problem for now is the supply of crablets, although he assured that this is one of the target projects of the provincial fishery office through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
He also added that with the cooperation of the fisherfolks and local officials, an ordinance imposing a close season for crabs, to allow them to breed naturally, will surely boosts the island’s production. (JCV/PIA)