Piñol eyes Coachella Valley model to replace Laguna de Bay aquaculture
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the tilapia farming method of Aqua Farming Tech in Coachella Valley in California could be the answer to the 36 percent fish supply gap in Metro Manila and nearby areas once the fish cages at Laguna de Bay are dismantled.
Piñol told the Mindanao Environment Summit that he is looking at the Coachella Valley method of fish production as the working model for eco-friendly fish farming.
Tilapia farming in Coachella Valley is done using above-ground cement tanks with mechanical aerators and water recyclers.
Part of the farm is solar powered and it manufactures its own feed using moringa or malunggay as main ingredient.
Rocky French, the farm’s president, is from the Philippines and is helping Piñol develop the country’s aquaculture sector.