GICC set to venture in multi-million dollar aqua farm project

Contributed by Greg Refraccion

ORANI, Bataan – The Grand Innovasia Concept Corp., a major locator at the sprawling Freeport Area of Bataan in Mariveles town, is scouting for possible site or sites for its multi-million dollar export-oriented aqua-farm project.
Vice Mayor Godofredo Galicia, Jr. said the GICC is looking for a minimum of 70 hectares and a maximum of 300 hectares of fishing ground to launch the project. A group of Chinese businessmen visited on Monday the Orani fish port and the aqua farm of businessman Vic Santos to have a look-see if it was viable for the FAB firm’s new project.
He said the Chinese investors want to produce big, special kind of crabs particularly for export with their country as main market. “They want to adopt their own technology to produce big crabs particularly,” said the vice mayor.
Galicia said the group is eyeing Orani, Abucay and Pilar towns as possible sites to pursue the aqua farm project, first of its kind in Bataan where Chinese investors are going to engage in this kind of business.
The group led by Sheryl Xiaojing Lou, president of GICC, visited the Orani fish port facility last Monday to see how it operates and to find out if it is capable of handling large scale production of aqua-farm produce.
The group accompanied by Zena Sugatain, provincial cooperative and investment officer, tourism and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources representatives, also toured Vic Santos’ vast fish pond which had been presented to the Department of Tourism officials an important aqua-tourism site in Orani.
Santos asked the GICC group to submit to him a proposal to operate the fish pond utilizing the Chinese technology. “They must submit a proposal and if I find it ideal and operable in my place, we can strike a deal with the GICC,” Santos said.

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