Lanao Norte bangus production continues to rise
Tubod, Lanao del Norte –The provincial government of Lanao del Norte through its Provincial Agriculture Office(PAO) is seeing a steady increase in its bangus production since starting the mariculture program last 2010.
From only P132,799.94 in its first production year, the Provincial Resource and Management Council (PRMC) is now recording more than P400,000 in its annual gross income.
In 2010, the Lanao del Norte LGU started with only 10-thousand bangus fingerlings in one fish cage. In 2011,there were already 30-thousand bangus fingerlings in three fish cages.
Last year, gross income from bangus production reached its highest-level ever of P563,830.75.
The bangus fish cages are located at Barangay Sugod, in the coastal town of Sultan Naga Dimaporo.
“Our selling price for big sizebangus is P105 per kilo, medium size is P100 per kilo and P90 for small size bangus. We offer lower or same selling rate compared to the other traders but we are the only supplier that allows a wholesaler to pay within one week from date of delivery”, Mariculture Project Manager Stephen Harun explained.
‘Lapu-lapu’ production started last April, 2013 and is expected to have its first harvest on October. Lapu-lapu fish variety is being sold in the market at P450 per kilo.
Bangus or milkfish (scientific name “Chanoschanos”) is commonly found in the Red Sea. When it reaches maturity, it often reaches the length of onemeter.
Bangus is the country’s national fish. Because milkfish is notorious for being much more bony compared to other food fish in the country, deboned milkfish or ‘boneless bangus’ has become popular and common in stores and markets. LAR-PIO/LDN