Make sure to get a copy of the May 2018 issue of Agriculture Magazine which is now off the press. It contains a lot of informative articles that can be useful to aspiring farmers as well as those who have been farming for a long time. New products, new technologies and interesting agri people are featured in inspiring articles.
For instance, Daniel Cabrera, one of the experts of Santeh Feeds, has an article about Tateh’s sustainable aquaculture solutions for the tilapia industry. For the tilapia industry to grow, he says, there has to be more efficient operation of existing farms and new investments in tilapia farming. Efficient operation, according to Cabrera, means higher survival rates and lower FCR (feed conversion ratio), both of which lead to higher production and higher profitrs in existing farms.
One problem that is confronting tilapia farmers is the high mortality of fingerlings which farmers usually blame on poor fry quality. He points out that with the proliferation of hatcheries in Central Luzon and elsewhere, the quality of fry can no loonger be assured. Some hatcheries may no longer be careful in breeder selection and sourcing, or worse, may be collecting feral fry with unknown pedigrees. You will read in the May issue the other problems and recommended solutions recommended by Cabrera to tilapia farmers.
ON VANNAMAE SHRIMP – The white shrimp Vannamae has become a favorite of many shrimp farmers. In the May issue you will read about the effective culture practices in culturing this imported shrimp species. The story contributed by Tateh feeds explains that many farmers in the Philippines now prefer to grow Vannamae due to its faster growth rate of 1.o to 1.5 grams per week compared to Sugpo (1 gram per week). Size at harvest is also more uniform for Vannamae thus reducing the need to sort the shrimps before delivery to the market.
In the hatchery, Vannamae has the advantage of having a readily available stock of fully domesticated breeders from SPF breeding facilities abroad.
The article on Vannamae gives the details that include selecting a good location to ensure profitability. First, the location of the farm must have an abundant unpolluted supply of both freshwater and seawater; soil must be of good quality, free from flooding, and the location must be close to the market. You will read the many details on pond preparation, biosecurity to prevent entry of diseases, feeding and nutrition, and many other things the interested Vannamae farmer
DOCTORS’ FARM UP IN THE MOUNTAIN – You will also admire the efforts of the husband and wife team of Dr. Roberto and Eva Lisa Maliwat who are developing a very challenging farm in the mountain in Talugtog, Talavera, Nueva Ecija. To have water for their plants (vegetables and fruit trees) and drinking for their animals, they have put up two windmills and the latest is a solar water pump.
You will be amazed how they were able to multiply a dozen turkey breeders that they bought in 2016. Now, they have more than a thousand of the big fowl that comes in various ages
There are many interesting topics in the May issue of Agriculture. Make sure to get a copy. It is the most widely circulated agriculture magazine in the Philippines, available in bookstores and the distribution network of Manila Bulletin nationwide.