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Fish feed mill in Baler town seen to bring down cost of feed

A fish feed mill in Baler town in Aurora province is seen bringing down the cost of feed, according to Wilfredo Cruz, regional director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Central Luzon (BFAR-3).

In a statement, Cruz said a planning workshop and hands-on feed formulating training were provided by the agency to 15 provincial agriculture staff of Aurora to enhance their knowledge on fish food production.

“The training aims to prepare the local government to gain technical knowledge on developing a cost-effective feed formulation using cheaper and locally available ingredients,” Cruz said.

Funded by the BFAR and the National Fisheries Research Development Institute, the collaborative plans were disclosed in February last year for the establishment of the feed mill facility in Aurora.

The project broke ground in March and is now about 80 percent complete, according to a Philippine News Agency report.

Construction has entered the next phase, which includes adding the milling and mixing equipment and warehouse space, the report said, quoting the BFAR official.

Cruz said that with the help of the feed mill, fisherfolk’s concerns about the expensive commercial fish feed will be addressed.