Solar-powered fish dryers to help more ‘daing’ sellers in the future
Sellers and producers of ‘daing’ or dried fish will soon find it easier to vend their products once these solar-powered fish dryers become widely available.
Proponents of the solar-powered fish dryers, which primarily includes the Department of Science of Technology (DOST) and Batangas State University (BSU) said they plan to make the fish dryer available in coastal communities nationwide in the future.
Only recently some 700 members of the Kilusan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Lawa ng Taal Mataas na Kahoy Chapter recently found themselves the first recipient of the solar-powered fish dryer jointly developed by the DOST, BSU and other stakeholders in the fishing industry.
The DOST presented the equipment to small fishermen within the Taal Lake Protected Area during its regional office’s 52nd anniversary celebration at the Taal Lake Conservation Center in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas.
The organization’s Balete chapter is being targeted as the next beneficiary.
Powered by eight solar panels and with a cabinet and tray made of stainless steel, the fish dryers can accommodate tawilis and biya which can be dried in just three hours, making it faster to produce “daing” or dried fish.
Biya is caught from the Taal Lake Protected Landscape that straddles Batangas and a portion of Cavite Province.
The idea to develop solar-powered fish dryer began in 2014 when small fishermen affected by typhoon Glenda had difficulty drying their catch, severely affecting their income and supply produce.
According to the DOST, the fish dryer is expected to improve product quality and production process to help generate better livelihood opportunities for small fishermen.
The project is a collaboration between the DOST IV-A and the BSU’s mechanical engineering department which designed the fish dryer. The local government unit of Mataas na Kahoy, Pusod Inc., and Seacology Philipppines, a non-profit environmental conservation organization also joined in the fulfillment of the project.
Aside from turning over the fish dryers, DOST IV-A is in charge of providing training on good manufacturing practices, packaging, labeling and other fish packaging techniques to ‘daing’ sellers. [Ched Romulo]
[Source: http://www.dost.gov.ph/; Agriculture Monthly, Vol. 20, Issue 01]