Touring the Central Luzon State University

Thursday, October 12, 2017

clsu aquaponics farm

Part of Lakbay Norte earlier this year was a tour around the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) but time constraints only afforded us a quick visit at one of their museums. So when I found out that the University is included in the itinerary of the Norte Adventure with Microtel last August, I was thrilled.

After a wholesome lunch at the UMART Cafe, we proceeded to the nearby Philippine Carabao Institute. Here, we got to learn about carabao breeding techniques. We also witnessed the automated way of milking these bovine.
philippine carabao institute

philippine carabao institute

Next, we visited a fish breeding facility where massive tilapias were on display. There were also shiny reddish ones that I forgot the name of. We also got to see how Tila-Ding – sun-dried tilapia – is processed and packed.
tilapia farm nueva ecija

tilapia farms in the philippines

daing na tilapia

nueva ecija pasalubong

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Then, we headed to my favorite part of the tour: the aquaponics and hydroponics farm.

I plan on growing my own food someday and I see hydroponics as a veritable solution to lack of land for farming in the city. Visiting this facility gave me more information and provided me with a visual of what I should be doing. And I also got to know the difference between these two innovative farming techniques.

Hydroponics, in its essence, is growing plants with nutrient-rich water. Instead of using soil and fertilizer, a hydroponic farm sets up tube-like shelves where produce like lettuce are grown. Aquaponics, meanwhile, combines aquaculture (growing tilapia, for example) with hydroponics. Meaning the nutrients come from the water in the ponds where the fish are grown.
hydroponics farm in the philippines

aquaponics farm in the philippines

Aquaponics sound like a great option for people who'd like to live more sustainably. You'd get to have lettuce whenever you want plus a tilapia to fry when the cravings kick in. Would definitely learn more about this farming technique!

Seeing the research centers and the facilities within and around CLSU was an insightful experience, one that had allowed me to better appreciate the complex process of how our everyday food gets to our table. It had also made me happy that there are efforts to make farming more sustainable and circular in design.

You can also schedule your own personal tour to the campus and its many facilities. Get more information here.

Central Luzon State University
Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija
E-mail Address:
+63 44 456 0107

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