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Agriculture mag features Pangasius

March 19, 2010



December 18, 2009, 5:05pm

Watch for the January 2010 issue of Agriculture Magazine which will be off the press next week. This particular issue features three stories about Pangasius, the fast-growing freshwater fish from Vietnam which is becoming increasingly popular with consumers as well as fish farmers.

The main feature is about the biggest Pangasius hatchery in the province of Rizal, that of St. Martha Farms in Teresa. The second story is written by Jojo Baldia, about how fish farmers can economize on Pangasius feeds. The third story is written by Max Prudencio who reports on the increasing popularity of this fish in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley).

The St. Martha story provides an insight on how to start an agribusiness right. One has to study the various aspects of the business before going headlong into it. Retired PNP Deputy Director General Jewel Canson and wife Cecile first got interested in Pangasius hatchery and grow-out operation after they were briefed by a friend from the Department of Trade and Industry in Rizal. After listening to the prospects of the business, they immediately launched a frantic search for every information they could have on the project. They surfed the internet, they attended seminars and talked to anyone who knows something about Pangasius.

The good thing about the couple is that they are supportive of each other when there is a new project. They also involve their children in the search and planning of the project. After all, their eldest child Jaclyn is an MBA holder from Ateneo. And of course both Gen. Canson and Cecile are MBA degree holders, too. The Cansons were first briefed about the prospects of Pangasius in December 2008. As soon as they were convinced that Pangasius can be a good business, they immediately set up the facilities.

They got a consultant and they sent two of their workers to train at the Tanay Breeding Station of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. They bought their breeders and by the following June they were already producing fingerlings commercially. Now they can produce at least a million one-inch fingerlings every one-and-a-half months. Read also about their grow-out schemes in Agriculture Magazine.

Other stories you will read in the January issue include how Dr. Pamplona adapts to climate change in growing his fruit trees, the surging interest in grain sorghum, hybrid white waxy or glutinous corn varieties from Pioneer Hi-Bred that are high-yielding, a big jatropha project in Negros Oriental, and many others.

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