Applied Sciences > Agriculture > DG CY2020 7917

Research Title Development of Cost- Competitive Aquafeed from Lablab (Year 2 of 1)
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Research Duration Start:
6 June 2018
30 June 2019
Research Location DLSU
Research Description The project proposes to develop adequate harvesting and drying technologies in an effort to generate an ample supply of lab-lab biomass yearround, and preserve a portion of production for use in off-seasons when cultivation is deemed impossible. Since the appropriate technologies are not yet established, the output of the proposed undertaking will bear a positive impact in the aquaculture sector, especially if the total cost of production in terms of the cost required to grow the fish up to a certain body weight can be lessened; utilizing lab-lab as sole food for the fish or using it as primary ingredient of the formulated diet.
Research Objectives The general objective of the project is to develop an effective methodology for producing low-cost aquafeeds from lablab biomass. It specifically aims to: (1) Develop a harvesting technology needed after the cultivation of lab-lab biomass; (2) Investigate appropriate drying approaches for the effective dewatering of the harvested biomass; (3) Process the dried biomass into pelletized material for milkfish feeds; (4) Conduct feeding trial using the conventional versus pelletized lab-lab; and (5) Develop a marketing strategy to jumpstart commercialization of the pelletized products.
Research Beneficiary(ies) The aquaculture industry, particularly milkfish growers will benefit in terms of reduced costs of feed inputs and operating expenses. When production becomes economically competitive, it may also target several agriculture industries as general animal feeds (e.g., swine and ducks).
Research Accoplishments [CY 2018] 1. Pelletized aquafeed product made from lab-lab biomass; 2. Feeding trial results including performance evaluation in milkfish culture pelletized lablab versus conventional feeds; 3. Various research publications arising from the study: a.) results of drying experiments; b.) nutritional composition of the biomass; c.) benefit-cost analysis using pelletized lab-lab; 4. Draft of patent on lab-lab harvesting technology/ies; 5. marketing strategy and business model of the product developed.
Total Research Cost ₱869,352.88
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Code DG CY2020 7917
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Priority Thrust DOST

Sector Applied Sciences
Actual Sector Agriculture
Related sectors Food Technology
Entry revision: February 2021