Local fisherfolk seen to benefit from DOST?s solar-powered fish dryer

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DSC_3988 Powered by eight solar panels and with a cabinet and tray made of stainless steel, the dryer is capable of drying 20 kilos of fish in six hours. It can accommodate ?tawilis? and ?biya? in particular from Taal Lake. ?Biya? specifically can be dried in just three hours. ?Biya? is a staple food in the Taal Lake Protected Landscape, which straddles Batangas and portion of Cavite. The idea to develop a solar-powered fish dryer came about in the aftermath of typhoon Glenda in 2014 when small fishermen within the volcano and lakeshore areas encountered problems in drying their catch, thus adversely affecting supply and livelihood. The fish dryer is expected to improve product quality and production process, thus generating better livelihood opportunities for small fishermen. The Kilusan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Lawa ng Taal Mataas na Kahoy chapter, which has 700 members, is the project beneficiary. The organization?s Balete chapter is also a future beneficiary. The project is a collaboration between DOST IV-A, Batangas State University whose mechanical engineering department designed the fish dryer, the local government unit of Mataas na Kahoy, Pusod Inc., and Seacology Philippines ? a non-profit environmental conservation organization. DOST IV-A will also provide training on good manufacturing practices, packaging, labelling, and others. Project proponents plan to make the dryer widely available in coastal communities. ]]>

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