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Azolla, Cheap Natural Feed For Tilapia


A cheap natural feed for tilapia can now replace at most half of the commercial feeds for tilapia production, according to results of a study conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Cagayan province.

In an experiment conducted at the BFAR experimental farm in Iguig, Cagayan, regional researchers led by Cagayan Valley Regional Director Dr. Jovita Ayson found that small floating plants in fishponds, called azolla or duckweeds, can effectively substitute for half of the commercial feeds for tilapia production. Thus, the use of this floating plant can greatly reduce the cost of feeds and give tilapia raisers a savings of 50% on feed cost.

All that fishpond operators need is to allocate a portion of their ponds for azolla production. Azolla contains 40%-45% protein, according to Dr. Ayson. Fresh azolla can replace half of the commercial feeds. Since it is used in its fresh state, there is no added cost of production, except for the cost of collection.

The BFAR researchers reported that a 50-50 combination of fresh azolla and commercial feeds recorded a higher tilapia growth rate than pure commercial feeds.

Azolla <– Azolla Pic from


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Paa Kwesi permalink
    08/03/2011 6:04 PM

    where can i get azolla or duckweed, so i can grow on my pond? Please reply.

  2. Francis Akotia permalink
    01/31/2013 5:18 AM

    I commend you for sharing the idea of using azollia as feed. Will it be possible for me to have just a little of the azzolia plant to experiment. I will be most grateful. My postal Address is Box OF. 615, Ofankor Accra, Ghana.

  3. jerry permalink
    09/14/2013 10:58 AM

    Where can we buy this azola plant in Cebu?

  4. Jimmy permalink
    03/27/2014 10:36 PM

    Can any one tell me where I can buy this asolla in cebu. I have a pond and I want to try this.

  5. john permalink
    10/18/2014 10:23 PM

    sa azolla growers ph po.hanapin nyo sa facebook

  6. 03/25/2017 10:26 PM

    .where can we buy this kind of azola…

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