Fisheries Officer Encourages More Prawn Farming in North
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.”
Dalip Singh (left) with his son Deepak Singh at Vunimoli, Labasa on August 6, 2020.