The Bureau of Agricultural Research and the Tarlac College of Agriculture are pushing for the commercialization of protein-enriched aquaculture feed from sweet potato.
Sweet potato, locally known as kamote, is an important food crop in the country. In some areas of the Philippines, it is a staple among marginalized families in the provinces, as they are easy to cultivate and relatively cost less than a kilo of rice.
BAR said aside from its healthful benefits, sweet potato is being considered an important feed source for the aquaculture industry.
To further assess the potential of the crop, the Tarlac College of Agriculture launched a project titled Technology Commercialization of Protein-Enriched Sweetpotato as Feed for Aquaculture.
The project aims to commercialize and provide fishpond operators and owners with affordable and high quality feed formulation for aquaculture, specifically in bangus, crabs and prawns.