DOST grants P500,000-technical aid to tilapia farmers in Zamboanga del Sur

Published May 8, 2021, 10:40 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region IX has provided more than P500,000 worth of technical aid to tilapia farmers in Zamboanga Del Sur.

Tilapia farmers in Zamboanga del Sur (Photo from DOST-IX)

The Dumingag Tilapia Producers Association received a fish dryer, a sorting and fillet table, a hammer mill, feed mixer, and pelletizer from the DOST IX “for product quality enhancement, improved production processes, increased income, and employment generation.”

The amount of the technical package under the agency’s Grants-In-Aid (GIA) program totals ₱503,336.

The technical aid is expected to boost the tilapia farmers’ daily output of 20 kilos of dried fish and 300 kilos of feeds.

“The group has already been scheduled to meet with the area’s Local Government Unit (LGU) and the Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO) to discuss equipment usage and to finalize plans on the production of tilanggit, in time for an approaching harvest cycle,” the DOST IX said.

It said tilanggit is a contraction of Tilapiang Dinanggit. “It is a preparation of tilapia that involves butterflying the fish, and preserving it by means of drying, similar to how rabbitfish (danggit) is prepared, albeit meatier,” it said.