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NMC-CREES Aquaculture Program Spurs Business Success on Tinian (January 18, 2012)

Despite the economic downturn, the CNMI’s aquaculture and agriculture sectors continue to see some positive growth in recent years due to the increased efforts of local farmers and ranchers who are taking advantage of the enormous potential for producing and marketing food commodities in the Mariana Islands and throughout the region.

Farmers like Joe San Nicolas of Tinian are expanding and diversifying their farming operations in response to the increased demand for fresh, locally grown products in the islands. San Nicolas is the owner of SN-5 Incorporated, a family operated business which just last week completed the installation of a Re-circulating Aquaculture System along the historic Broadway Street where live fish can be selected and sold to customers on-demand.

The growth of the CNMI’s agriculture industry continues thanks to the efforts of people like San Nicolas who take advantage of the many advocacy groups who exist to assist businesses with technical advice on many of the aspects of farming including production techniques, options for sustainable farming, value-adding, and much more.

The Northern Marianas College-Cooperative Research Extension and Education Service (NMC-CREES) has worked in partnership with SN-5 Inc. and other producers in helping to set businesses on a course for success.

While helping to strengthen the local economy, a robust agriculture industry also has the added benefit of allowing for the production of export commodities, reducing the pressures on the islands’ natural resources, and contributing to the availability of healthy lifestyle options for CNMI residents. Residents who are interested in pursuing agriculture and aquaculture projects are encouraged to contact the staff at NMC-CREES to access various information and resources that are available.

For more information regarding Tilapia breeding and products, contact Mr. Michael Ogo at NMC-CREES Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Program at 234-5498 ext. 1728.

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