DOST-PCAARRD SIPAG ni Juan on Seaweed

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Philippine Council for Agriculture , Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Strategic Industry S&T Programs for Agri-Aqua Commitment to Outcome One, which the Council pursues through the Industry Strategic (S&T) Program (ISP) SIPAG embodies not only the values of hard work to bring out the best in agriculture, aquatic and natural resources research and development (R&D) but also the benefits that these efforts will bring to every Filipino, hence PCAARRD’s SIPAG ni Juan. The 6th Anniversary of celebration of PCAARRD at Los Baños Laguna on June 28, 2017presented various R&D on different agricultural crops/animals and sea crops. Among them was Promoting the Seaweed Drying System. Seaweed farming is a good income source especially for people living in coastal barangays. However, seaweeds have to undergo partial drying before being sold to processors (for carrageenan production). This drying process help ensure better price. The usual farmers’ practice is to sun dry harvested seaweeds in open areas which greatly affects the quality of seaweeds especially when exposed to rain. Rain forces farmers to either cover seaweeds being dried or collect and place the seaweeds in temporary storage areas and wait for good weather. To address this problem, a floating seaweed dryer was developed for local seaweed farmers for them to readily dry their harvest and be assured of better price. A floating seaweed dryer...

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