February 24, 2023

Alternative fish feed project in Lanao, del Norte, Philippines, produces 867kg of tilapia



The Philippines' Department of Agriculture's (DA) pilot test on cost-effective alternative fish feed has yielded 867 kilogrammes of tilapia in Lanao del Norte, the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute's (NFRDI) said on February 22.

According to the NFRDI, the tilapia was grown in a brackishwater pond for four months. The pilot project was held in Pacita, Lala, Lanao del Norte, by one of the project's six partner cooperators, Benita Maldepeña.

"Maldepeña used the technology on cost-effective aquafeed for tilapia developed by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center-Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD)," the NFRDI said in a statement.

In 2022, the DA announced that the SEAFDEC-AQD developed an alternative feed for tilapia and milkfish made from corn, poultry abattoirs and coconut-fermented copra meal byproducts.

The project aimed to "determine growth and biological parameters and economic viability in using the feeds across the country," the NFRDI said.

According to the DA, the alternative feeds would cut feeding costs by 25-32% for tilapia, and 18-23% for milkfish.

The project was made possible through the collaboration of NFRDI, ARDEP, SEAFDEC-AQD and the Brackishwater Fisheries Research and Development Center.

- Inquirer.Net

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