The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office VI (DOST VI), once again conducted a webinar series to help the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) recover from the effect of the COVID-19, this time highlighting the innovative technologies in improving aquaculture practices, in partnership with the SEAFDEC/Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC-AQD).

Previously, the DOST VI conducted a webinar series on business opportunities in food innovations in partnership with Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) followed by another webinar series on business opportunities for MSMEs in the fisheries sector in partnership with the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV).

Participated by 206 participants from all over the Philippines, the latest webinar introduced technologies and better practices in the culture of milkfish, shrimp, crab, native catfish, and pompano from nursery to grow-out operations.

Resource persons who shared their knowledge include Dr. Fe Dolores Estepa on Mangrove Crab Culture, Mr. Victor Emmanuel Estilo on Milkfish, and Shrimp Culture, Ms. Ma. Irene Legaspi on Pompano Nursery and Grow-out Culture, and Mr. Rosenio Pagador on Reviving the Native Catfish.

Mr. Rosenio Pagador during his presentation on Reviving the Native Catfish

Among the presentations, the topic of reviving the native catfish gained more interest from the audience in which most of the questions received from the participants was related to farming native catfish. Mr. Rosenio Pagador thanked the audience for getting interested in native catfish.

“Maraming salamat po at nagkaroon kayo ng interes sa native catfish. Unfortunately, sa ngayon wala pa kaming native catfish fry. We are still constructing our freshwater hatchery na kasama sa culture ang native catfish”, the SEAFDEC expert on catfish said.

“Ang problem namin ngayon, e, saan kami kukuha ng native catfish breeders na gagamitin namin? Kailangan namin ng tulong ng BFAR para makakuha kami ng native catfish breeders”, Mr. Pagador added.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the Philippines has a long aquaculture history involving many species such as seaweed, milkfish, tilapia, shrimp, carp, oyster, and mussel. 

In 1985, the Philippines is in 4th place in terms of aquaculture production and now, the country is in 12th place. 

The webinar series being conducted by DOST VI through OneExpert has the mission to provide Filipino MSMEs with science-based business ideas and solutions. 

Chief Dan Baliao of SEAFDEC/AQD during his opening message

The SEAFDEC-AQD Chief, Mr. Dan D. Baliao in his opening message, also affirmed that SEAFDEC will continue to be the leading institution in generating and promoting science-based aquaculture technologies to assist its stakeholders in the Southeast Asian region.

“Hence in the middle of the pandemic, we shall continue working in a 100% workforce, five days a week to fulfill our mandate of technology transfer and capacity-building. We hope that after the smoke of the pandemic clears, our fish farmers and other stakeholders will be more than ever equipped to move the economy forward”, the SEAFDEC Executive said.

More webinars on innovative technologies will be conducted by DOST VI through OneExpert this year.

In line with the celebration of Rice and Corn Week in the last week of August, DOST VI will be conducting a webinar that will introduce rice and corn technologies funded by Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD). (JRAGabiota and KSBernardino/DOST VI)

Innovative Technologies in Improving Aquaculture Practices

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