THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (DOST) presented its solar-powered fish dryer for small fishermen within the Taal Lake Protected Area during its regional office’s 52nd anniversary celebration at the Taal Lake Conservation Center in Mataas na Kayhoy, Batantas on November 20, 2015.
The dryer was designed by the Mechanical Engineering Department of Batangas State University. Powered by 8 solar panels with a cabinet and tray made of stainless steel, the dryer can dry 20 kilos of fish in six hours. In the case of “Biya”, however, drying can be done in just three hours. Biya is a staple food at the Taal Lake Protected Landscape which straddles Batangas and a portion of Cavite province.
The Kilusan ng Maliliit na Mangingisda sa Lawa ng Taal Mataas Na Kahoy chapter with 700 members, is the project beneficiary. The association’s Balete chapter is also a future beneficiary.
The project is a collaboration of DOST IV-A, Batangas State University, the local government of Mataas na Kahoy, Pusod Inc., and Seacology Philippines – a nonprofit environmental conservation organization.
DOST IV-A will provide the training on Good Manufacturing Practices, packaging, labeling and others. Project proponents plan to make the dryer widely available in coastal communities.
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. (Excerpted from a DOST press release)