The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is readying aquaculture protocols to be distributed to fish farmers around the country starting with organic fish farming practices.
Erwin Pador, head of the aquaculture section of BFAR-6, said this yesterday at the Organic Farming Techno Forum at the organic village that is part of the 20 th Panaad sa Negros Festival at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
He said shifting from conventional to organic fish farming is like going back to the basics. Fertilizers and processed foods are readily available in conventional fish farming while the organic practice uses natural materials, he also said.
However, Pador said, the biggest challenge for them is convincing people to go organic and they have to take the role of salesmen to persuade fish farmers.
Another challenge is the natural production of food for the fishes because Pador said, it is not easy to develop a farming technology as the food must be organically grown in the ponds with the use of the right amount of natural fertilizer.
He added that organic farming is more strenuous and laborious because farmers have to prepare the ingredients before feeding the fishes however, they are assured of lesser production cost.
He also said BFAR is fast-tracking the creation of the organic protocol that will serve as recipe for farmers in growing organic fishes. It a recipe that contains organic ‘ingredients' and materials that farmers will follow in growing organic fishes, he also said.
Pador also said there is an existing technology they can share with fish farmers for easier transition of farming practices.*LTG