Mindoro Supports Cross Breeding Program of Mud Crabs

This story was first published on sunstar.com.ph by Henrylito D. Tacio.

Mud crabs, especially females that have fat or “aligue,” are highly-esteemed gourmet seafood in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Japan. The Philippines is a mud crab exporter to these countries.

Growing mud crabs and other fish species is envisioned to be a major agriculture program since the Philippines is among world’s biggest fishery producers. In 2011, the country produced 15,730 metric tons of mud crabs.

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) said growing mud crabs is a profitable venture. A farmer can harvest 1,200 kilograms of mud crabs per hectare per cropping of five months. At P400 per kilo, it can give an additional income to farmers of P480,000 per cropping or P960,000 for two croppings a year.

cross breeding mud crabs in mindoroAlthough a viable project, it has one big problem: continuous seedstocks for continuous mud crab production.

BAR, a line agency of the Department of Agriculture, thought of one possible solution: cross breeding the giant mud crabs from Zamboanga Sibugay and the native crab of Mindoro.

The program has been supported by Oriental Mindoro Congressman Reynaldo V. Umali. Last December 12, 2012, massive mangrove planting took place in the province after the Unified Tree of Life (UTOL) Program. It aims to plant 12 million trees from the highlands to the coastal areas.

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