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PHILIPPINES - Scientists seek to boost shrimp farming industry

Scientists of the Aquaculture Department of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/AQD) will carry out a research-based program called the ‘Oplan Balik Sugpo’ to improve shrimp farming and boost the industry. Their research includes using locally available alternative ingredients to produce a low-cost feed.

January 11, 2018

Scientists of the Aquaculture Department of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/AQD) will carry out a research-based program called the ‘Oplan Balik Sugpo’ to improve shrimp farming and boost this industry.

Some time ago, this sector reached significant income from its exports, mainly to Japan, but its production suffered a sharp drop in the 1990s due to the appearance of diseases.

Scientists at the Fish Health Section of the department are working on new technologies to immediately detect prawn disease. They are also developing a culture technique that will consider factors like temperature, photo period, bird migration and season, the Philipine Information Agency (PIA) informed.

Furthermore, the Nutrition and Feed Development Team scientists are carrying out tests to implement low cost diet to reduce production cost by using alternative local feed ingredients. For some time, finding an optimal diet for shrimp has been one of the fish farmers and pond operators main concerns.

Source: FIS // Original Article 

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