By Francis Talasasa, Reporter
Thailand’s delegation comprised of aquaculture and agriculture industry leaders, headed by Ambassador Upatising has presented sustainable avenues in which Palau’s mangrove crab farmers can produce mangrove crab (Chemang) at a much higher and sustainable rate compared to methods used today.
This was announced during Thailand delegation’s visit to the Presidential office at the independence celebrations of the Republic of Palau.
The team visited a number of mangrove crab farm sites and found that Palau has some of the largest mangrove crab farms with some of the most nutrient rich mangroves in the world. The Thailand leaders said they could assist Palau’s farmers in increasing their harvest yield to 10,000 crabs per 1 million eggs.
The Thailand team is eager to come back to Palau for further engagement and study with Palau’s farmers and help the industry grow. They are due to return in February 2017 to present methods and opportunities to Palau farmers at no initial cost.
The two current largest mangrove crab farm are in Ngatpang and Ngaremlegui. They still use the traditional method of farming. President Remengesau expressed his gratitude to ambassador Upatising for following through with the assistance requested by Palau during the last time they held talks.
“Palau is moving forward with its investments in sustainable agriculture and aquaculture and we thanked the ambassador and his delegation for helping in this priority industry for Palau”, said President Remengesau. [/restrict]