July to September 2006

 

 

New fish-smoking machine

A new portable “micro” fish-smoking machine passed tests and can produce export quality smoked fish using agricultural wastes as fuel such as bagasse, wood shavings, and charcoal.
Dense smoke from such fuels produces distinctive aroma and pleasing brown color to smoked fish.

fish smoking machinePangasinan State University researchers developed the portable, more hygienic fish-smoking machine suitable for small-scale producers with financial and technical support from the Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development.

It has a design that controls smoke and temperature and easy-to-operate. 
 Test results show that production efficiency was enhanced due to significant fuel reduction and smoking time.

To process 50 kilos of fish, the machine only requires 0.75 kg. of mixed fuels, which is 50 percent less compared to fuel used in conventional machine. Smoking time is also cut by 50 percent. The new machine’s price tag is only P40,000.

This development created new markets in the region because smoked fish producers are mostly based in Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Norte. The local government in Pangasinan has committed to replicate the technology. Pangasinan fish-based products include dried and smoked fish for small scale producers. But for those with bigger financial resource, canning and fish export are major activities. 

Almost all regions abound with fish products because of the country’s geographical make-up. Region I is located along the gulf of the China sea, where fishing is a major industry. 

 The volume of fish production in the region reached 69,250MT in 2003, and  around 2MT were  processed  as  smoked fish. Smoked bangus is sold at P160 per kilo, and smoked round scud or “galunggong” and tilapia cost P120 per kilo. Income from smoked fish (2MT) based on 70% galunggong and 30% bangus is about P264,000.

 PCIERD helps small industries to be competitive local and international markets. STP