Cold weather stunts growth of Dagupan bangus

January 11, 2011 9:51 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, Jan. 12 — The milkfish (bangus) being grown in ponds, pens and cages in Dagupan and Pangasinan are being severely affected by the cold weather condition prevailing at this time of the year.

This was confirmed by Emma Molina, city agriculture office, who revealed that in this cold weather, the milk fish cannot eat much and therefore are not growing fast that they used to before.

But she stressed that the fish are not dying and only having a stunted growth.

Molina said because the fish are smaller since they are slowly growing, this will have a toll on the harvest and income of fish farmers culturing these commodities in ponds, pens and cages.

This can be gleaned from fishes being brought by farmers for sale to concessionaires in the Dagupan Fish Market, which is also selling fish at wholesale to traders bringing the product to Metro Manila, Baguio and other parts of northern Luzon.

If the buyer prefers the bigger size of fish, then it would not be easy to find this now even in the fish markets of Dagupan, Molina added.

But she explained that this can be met if the farmers will delay the harvest of their fish for a few weeks.

Molina observed that despite the chilly weather, fish harvest is continuing in most fishponds of Dagupan City.

But the fish that are being harvested are smaller and thinner unlike during normal weather condition, she added. (PNA)

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