‘Deadly virus’ hits Vitali fish ponds PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 September 2011 17:25

Thousands of pesos worth of investments have reportedly been lost as the fishpond industry in the entire Vitali district is going down due to a deadly virus called “white spot” that hit and killed prawns, shrimps, crabs, milkfish and other fishpond products.

Discovery Zamboanga, a local group of development communicators, went to Vitali last week to explore other promotional potentials of the area and only to discover that the fishpond industry of Vitali is suffering much from losses for over three months now.

Prof. Jose Maria Bue, Discovery Zamboanga executive director, said this was confirmed by Vitali Barangay Kagawad Leo Natividad who was the duty officer of the Vitali Barangay Hall last Friday when the group visited the community.

Natividad said that the matter was already relayed to the concerned government agencies particularly the Department of Agriculture and the Burea of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Bue said DZ talked to some fishpond owners and selling stations’ operators in Vitali and many have their common complaint that their problem is not taken seriously by BFAR.

Edward Falcasantos, a businessman, complained that BFAR personnel even extended their visit for inspection to Sept. 21 instead of Sept. 6 as originally scheduled for the inspection and evaluation of the problem.

“Anda sila aqui si todo ya diamon similla muerto,” Falcasantos complained.[These BFAR people will come here when everything is gone.]
Falcasantos said his last investment was 150,000 prawn fry and what he got back was not even 20 kilos.

He said there are over 100 fishpond operators in Vitali employing thousands of people and all are suffering from huge losses in income.
Vitali’s fishpond products particularly prawns, crabs and shrimps have been one of the sources of dealers and exporters. But with the “white spot” virus that struck Vitali’s fishponds for the past three months, businessmen have incurred losses and threatened that the industry will die if government will not act immediately and resolve the problem.