Fish­eries Of­fi­cer En­cour­ages More Prawn Farm­ing in North

Fiji Sun - - NORTH NEWS - SHRATIKA NAIDU Edited by Jonathan Bryce Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Prin­ci­pal fish­eries of­fi­cer Joji Vakawaleta­bu is en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to in­vest in prawn farm­ing for food se­cu­rity in the North­ern Divi­sion.

Re­cently, he wit­nessed Dalip Singh at Vu­ni­moli, Labasa har­vest prawn from his farm.

Mr Vakawaleta­bu said the farmer first be­gan harvesting Tilapia last year and then ex­panded into prawn farm­ing in March this year.

“We are very happy to see Mr Singh be­ing among few prawn farm­ers in the North­ern Divi­sion who suc­cess­fully car­ried out harvesting from a small pond,” Mr Vakawaleta­bu said.

“The 57-year-old fa­ther of three chil­dren fol­lowed all the in­struc­tions we pro­vided and to­day he can use prawn for home con­sump­tion or sell it at the mar­ket to earn some money.”

Mean­while, Mr Singh was thank­ful to­wards the Min­istry of Fish­eries for its as­sis­tance.

“The min­istry pro­vided me with the 3000 baby prawns and ad­vised how to pre­pare the pond us­ing nearby nat­u­ral spring wa­ter. There are many ben­e­fits pro­vided you work hard daily,” he said.

Mr Singh also said the taste and the ap­pear­ance of the prawn were to­tally dif­fer­ent from the sea be­cause it was well looked after daily under strict su­per­vi­sion with the sup­port from his son, Deepak Singh.

“Our fu­ture plan is to set up an aquaponic farm,” he said.

“We ini­tially be­gan with sug­ar­cane farm­ing, then into a veg­etable farm be­fore in­vest­ing in aqua­cul­ture.”

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Dalip Singh (left) with his son Deepak Singh at Vu­ni­moli, Labasa on August 6, 2020.

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