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Crab Fattening and Production Training Given to Marihatag OFWs

June 15, 2017
Crab Fattening and Production Training Given to Marihatag OFWs

Responsive to the needs of the OFWs and their dependents especially those from the outskirts of the region, OWWA alongside the Local Government Unit of Surigao del Sur and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-SDS carried out a two-day Crab Fattening Production to Marihatag OFW and Dependents Association on May 16-17, 2017.

 

Some thirty-five (35) OFWs and dependents of the Marihatag OFW Family Circle (OFC) attended in the Crab Fattening Training that the organization specifically requested for.

 

Through the initiative of the members of the OFC, they were provided a portion of a mangrove area situated in the said municipality to cultivate and raise the mangrove crabs in.

 

On the first day, resource speaker Ian Batitang of BFAR- Surigao del Sur introduced all the basic features of the mangrove/ mud crabs. Batitang discussed the mud crab biology, its life cycle and feeding habits. He also lectured on the salient features of a mud crab, as well as the species viable for commercial cultivation.

 

Furthermore, the BFAR representative introduced the growing of the crabs in mangrove pens up to the fattening process in plastic containers. The harvesting process and marketing strategies were also provided to the trainees to aid them in the future.

 

During the second day, the participants went for an ocular visit of the project’s proposed area at Brgy. Pagbahanan I, Marihatag.  The area was inspected as well to check whether the PH is at a suitable level, that the shade is sufficient enough, and that the distance is convenient enough for the OFW would-be crab raisers. The site have passed the checklist of BFAR and is found suitable for the project.

 

The program aims to provide relevant livelihood training that will enable the OFW Family Circles to generate livelihood and aid in their economic well-being.