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Success Story of Vivian N. Taniza

National Gawad Saka Outstanding Agricultural Achiever (Aquaculture Category)


Filipinos are not destined to be poor. We all deserved to live a life out of poverty, for there are many ways of succeeding in life. Many are seeking ways to get a good-paying job. In the context of small farmer or fisherfolk, many of them work very hard but still do not enjoy the quality of life they deserved. Vivian N. Taniza wants to see this scenario change for the better and hope to encourage future and present fish farmers to think like entrepreneurs and uplift their standard of living.

Being a high-school graduate did not deter Vivian to succeed in the Tilapia and Carp Production business. She started catching and selling edible frogs, fish vending to rice farming. Now, a successful tilapia breeder, owner and proprietor of a Tilapia & Carp Hatchery.

With limited knowledge of fish farming, Vivian was challenged to start her tilapia fry production business after attending a seminar on Hatchery Management and Tilapia Farming conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources.

She turned the 3,000 sq. m. of agricultural land given by his father-in-law into fishponds. She learned the process of tilapia breeding slowly but surely. Despite many challenges and setbacks through the years. Hardwork, determination, and fortitude are the keys of success. Having been in the tilapia hatchery business since 2012, Vivian produced 8.444 M fry in 2016 valued at P2,232,160.00.

She is maintaining 5,000 pcs tilapia breeders and 126  carp breeders respectively. Production from tilapia gave her a gross sale of about Php 2,082,160.00 and Php 150,000.00  for carps.

Aside from tilapia and carp fry production, Vivian is also engaged on vegetable, rice  and corn farming. She is committed to sharing some of her blessings by helping the other hatcheries in the locality market their fry produced.

Technology Innovativeness

  1. Inclusion of carps with tilapia breeders during nesting, courtship, mating and spawning process. The role of the carp is  to make the water turbid for effective courtship and mating of the tilapia broodfish.
  2. Tilapia broodfishes  are properly selected and sourced from the Bureau of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources as fast growing, disease-resistant, and efficient feed converter. Breeders are only utilized for only two (2) years to ensure high productivity and quality fry.
  3. Duckweeds (aquatic plant) are used as shelter  of the tilapia breeders
  4. Earthen pond compartments  are economically designed provided with water supply system avoiding the flooding and overflowing of the pond water.

Vivia Taniza is 45 years old, resident of Victoria, San Mateo, Isabela. She is happily married with two (2) siblings both college graduates. She also active in different organizations such as Rural Improvement Club, Cagayan Valley Fingerlings Producers Cooperative, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Management Council as officers.

Report from: Aquacuture Research and Development Division