Aquafeeds Industry Profile
Aquafeeds are feeds for any aquatic organisms as part of aquaculture. They can be in the form of pellet, mash, or crumble feeds. Pellet feeds are in agglomerated form, produced through use of heat, moisture and pressure, or through extrusions. While crumble feeds are in granular form, and mash feeds are in meal form. Aquafeeds are required to be nutritionally adequate because they are used in culturing aquatic organisms such as crustaceans, fish and mollusks.
The protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals levels of aquafeeds should meet the nutrient requirements for each intended species. Likewise, the raw materials for aquafeeds need to be good sources of the required nutrients and should have less polluting effect on the environment. Microalgae, seaweeds and seaweed by-products are now being used for aquafeed formulations.
Problems in the Industry
The problems faced by the Philippine aquafeeds industry include low algal paste yield, and the high cost of fish meal and soybean-meal based protein source for aquafeed which increases the cost of aquafeeds. There is also a need for feeds for new and genetically-improved cultured species and improvement in technologies to improve the quality of aquafeeds and production efficiency.
ISP for Aquafeeds
The PCAARRD Industry Strategic S&T Program (ISP) for aquafeeds aims to decrease aquaculture feed cost; produce an exportable microalgal paste; produce fish feed made up of 70% local materials; and produce 1 ton/month of feed using locally-available ingredients.
Strategic R&D is DOST-PCAARRD’s banner program comprising all R&D activities that are intended to
generate outputs geared towards maximum economic and social benefits
Development of Algal Paste from Microalgae
Project 1. Mass production of freshwater microalgae and performance evaluation for tilapia and milkfish Project 2. Mass production and brackishwater microalgae...Read More
Improvement of Microalgae Paste Production for Aquaculture Program
This program has developed an alternative source of larval feed especially when rations of live microalgae are insufficient. Microalgae paste...Read More
Field trial of Protein Enriched Copra Meal (PECM) as feeds protein for tilapia, milkfish, and shrimp
Copra cake, a by-product of the coconut oil industry of the Philippines was subjected to a solid state fermentation process...Read More
Pilot test on incorporating the filamentous green algae Rhizoclonium riparium in the diet of Nile tilapia
UPV conducted pilot tests on incorporating the lumot or Filamentous Green Algae Rhizoclonium riparium in the Diet of Nile Tilapia....Read More
Evaluation of provitamin B1 as agent to reduce feed cost of practical diet of the nile tilapia and milkfish
DOST-PCAARRD, in partnership with the University of the Philippines Visayas-National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (UPV-NIMBB) conducted a feeding...Read More
Accelerated R&D Program for Capacity Building of Research and Development Institutions and Industrial Competitiveness: Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) Program
DLSU developed a hardware and a system for harvesting and drying lab-lab to make it available for use year-round. The...Read More
Products, equipment, and protocols or process innovations developed to improve productivity, efficiency,
quality, and profitability in the agriculture and aquatic industries, and to achieve sustainable
utilization and management of natural resources
Cost-Competitive Aquafeed from Lablab
DLSU developed a hardware and a system for harvesting and drying lab-lab to make it available for use year-round. The researchers developed the lab-lab biomass as a cost-competitive feedstock for...Read More
Protein enriched copra meal (PECM)
Copra cake, a by-product of the coconut oil industry of the Philippines was subjected to a solid state fermentation process using technology developed by Biotech of UP Los Baños in...Read More
The University of the Philippines Visayas developed a microalgae paste as an alternative source of larval feed especially when rations of live microalgae are insufficient. Microalgae paste was utilized for...Read More