Padang-Farmers fish cages in the area of Lake Maninjau, Agam, West Sumatra received another bullet at the end of this year. Due to bad weather around 100 tonnes of fish belonging to the farmer died suddenly.
Head of Marine and Fisheries (DKP) Erwanto Agam said heavy rain and strong winds over the last few days in the area, led to the reversal of water to the surface resulting in a lack of oxygen.
“It is causing the fish to die. Because the water flow conditions in Maninjau is very vulnerable to bad weather, “he said on Monday (29/12).
He said the dead fish are located in Bayua and Nagari Nagari Maninjau, District of Tanjung Raya each of 70 tons and 30 tons.
The fish deaths caused losses of farmers reached 2.9 billion, with prices at the farm level Rp29,000 per kilogram.
It is estimated that the potential of fish die due to bad weather will continue until a few days ahead. Because of heavy rainfall and strong winds are still potentially hit Maninjau area until early next year.
Erwanto previously mentioned Agam District Government has issued a circular to farmers to be aware of extreme weather throughout October 2014 until January 2015, by not stocking.
“We’ve asked people not to spread the seeds throughout the period, because the weather is not good that cause fish to die,” he said.
However, himbaun it, said Erwanto not too heard the people who mostly work as a fish farmer.
To avoid greater losses, he asked farmers fish cages in Maninjau early harvesting and reduce seeding until the end of January.
Until recently the number of cages in the area of Lake Maninjau reach 18,000 units with an overall production capacity of 18,000 tons of fish or one ton per unit cage with a size of 5 x 5 meters.