REIGNING world champion Jerwin Ancajas is into aquaponics these days.
It’s not exactly a training regimen, but a combination of aquaculture, which is growing fish and other aquatic animals.
The International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight title holder had been doing the farming system since the start of lockdown, though it is only now that he’s enjoying the fruits of his labor.
Ancajas constructed the ecosystem at his training camp inside the Survival Camp in Cavite while still waiting for his departure for the US for the long-delayed title defense against Mexican Jonathan Rodriguez.
“Matagal na yan kaso puro palpak, madaming namatay na isda at halaman,” bared Ancajas trainer Joven Jimenez.
“Mahilig din kasi si Jerwin sa farming, kami din dito (Survival Camp) lahat mahilig (farming)," he added of what has been keeping the world champion busy aside from training for his coming fight.
Ancajas breeds catfish and tilapia for the fishes and lettuce and Chinese cabbage for vegetables in his aquaponics.
“Talagang pinilit namin gumawa ng greenhouse kasi ayon sa pag-aaral, kailangan may greenhouse para mabuhay ang halaman,” said Jimenez. “Kaya natapos ito noong six weeks ago.”
Jimenez explained how aquaponics works.
“Yung dumi ng isda ang fertilizer ng halaman, and yung halaman ang nagpapalinis ng tubig na binabalik sa isda,” he said.
“Maganda rin kasi organic ito.”
Ancajas doesn’t intend to sell them, though.
“Kakainin namin ito. Kulang pa sa amin ito dito (sa Survival Camp),” said Jimenez.
The 28-year-old Ancajas is just awaiting his US visa for the trip with Jimenez to train there for his fight against Rodriguez.