Harvesting and Processing of BAR-funded Red Tilapia in Ilocos

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A total of 800 kilos of red tilapia were harvested by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Regional Field Office (BFAR-RFO) Ilocos Region from the 1st trial in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte on 26 June 2020 in line with the goal of ensuring food availability, security, and sustainability amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the said community.

 

Upon being harvested from the 1st trial, the red tilapia were then processed and demonstrated to the women’s group of Brgy. San Agustin by the post-harvest personnel that was led by Dr. Rosario Segundina Gaerlan, BFAR-RFO Ilocos Region OIC-regional director. This upscaling of the grow-out technology is a product of the project “Performance Evaluation of Red Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus x Oreochromis niloticus) in Marine and Freshwater Cages in Ilocos Region” which was funded by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) in 2019. ###

 

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{vsig_c}0|01.jpg|| The BFAR-RFO Ilocos Region staff harvest kilos of red tilapia— a commodity being promoted under the DA-BAR -funded project “Performance Evaluation of Red Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus x Oreochromis niloticus) in Marine and Freshwater Cages in Ilocos Region.”{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|02.JPG|| A total of 800 kilos of red tilapia are harvested, processed, and demonstrated during the 1st trial of harvesting in BFAR-RFO Ilocos Region.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|03.JPG|| Upon processing of the harvested red tilapia, a sample is measured first by its length (28 cm), width (7.5 cm), and weight (0.55 kg).{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|04.JPG|| The red tilapia are then distributed to the women’s group of Brgy. San Agustin in San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte by the post-harvest personnel for processing and demonstration.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|05.JPG|| The DA-BAR -funded project “Performance Evaluation of Red Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus x Oreochromis niloticus) in Marine and Freshwater Cages in Ilocos Region,” which was led by BFAR-RFO Ilocos Region OIC-Regional Director Rosario Segundina Gaerlan, aims to evaluate the production performance of red tilapia in marine and freshwater cages in the said region— all while determining its growth, survival, production, optimum stocking density, and economic viability.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|06.JPG|| Weighing of the harvested red tilapia {/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|07.JPG|| Freezing of the harvested red tilapia{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|08.JPG|| Members of the women’s group of Brgy. San Agustin start to remove the scales of the red tilapia prior to processing it.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|09.JPG|| After removing the scales, the members of the women’s group of Brgy. San Agustin proceed to smoke and grill the harvested red tilapia.{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|10.JPG|| Grilling of the harvested red tilapia{/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|11.JPG|| Smoking of the harvested red tilapia {/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|12.JPG|| The harvested and processed red tilapia are then served as part of the Harvest Festival celebration on 26 June 2020 in the said municipality of San Nicolas. {/vsig_c}

{vsig_c}0|13.JPG|| BFAR-RFO Ilocos Region staff, post-harvest personnel, and members of the women’s group of Brgy. San Agustin in a photo opportunity.{/vsig_c}