UPV-CFOS algae paste showcased at global agri fair

The algal paste technology from the UP Visayas College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) was featured at the international livestock and aquaculture fair held at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, from May 22-24, 2024.

Commercially known as Juan Algae Paste, the algal paste was among the aquaculture technologies showcased by the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries at the three-day event, Livestock Philippines and Aquaculture Philippines 2024.

Hosted by the Department of Agriculture, the trade fair aimed to introduce local farmers and fisherfolk to innovations and breakthroughs that could enhance agricultural production and profitability.

Developed by Ms. Soledad S. Garibay of the Institute of Aquaculture, CFOS, Juan Algae Paste is the first locally produced, ready-to-use, chemical-free, and environmentally friendly feed. It offers a cost-effective and sustainable alternative for aquaculture, contributing to food security.

The microalgal paste comes in three variants: green seawater algal paste, chlorella paste, and chaeto paste, each suited for specific aquaculture commodities. The green seawater algal paste is ideal for rotifers, the chlorella paste is designed for tilapia, eels, and tropical aquarium fishes, and the chaeto paste is recommended for shrimps.

This patented product is available to customers both locally and globally.

The international livestock and aquaculture expo featured about 280 exhibitors from over 30 countries, showcasing innovations and technologies to boost the agriculture economy, particularly the livestock, poultry, and aquaculture sectors. (Ms. Lenilyn B. Gallos with sources from Soledad S. Garibay)

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