More farmers in Alitagtag, Batangas discover that ornamental fish-farming offers more income than poultry and hog raising. This is why most of them have converted their pig pens and poultry areas into fish tanks where livebearers such as guppy, goldfish and angelfish are reared for breeding and culture.
What is more interesting is that these farmers are rearing their fish in tanks or cubicles that are efficient but not as expensive as concrete tanks. They could also start even at their own backyard with just a little capital.
Take the case of Narciso Pagsuyuin, or “Ka Sosing”, of Dalipit East, Alitagtag who abandoned his piggery venture in favor of ornamental fish. He was able to earn P120,000 from guppy breeding in 40 tanks from July to November last year. When he was raising hogs, the profit he got was very low and sometimes, only break-even of his production cost due to escalating prices of commercial feeds and other inputs.