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Megatonic: The New Approach To Mango Production

Popularly Known for their delicious taste, the Philippine mangoes are considered as being among the best in the world. Aside from their taste, the abundance of mangoes and the high demand for them has made mango production in the country a fast growing industry.

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Agriculture
July 2017

Dost Eyes Salt Industry Enhancement In Occidental Mindoro Using New Technology

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña recently made a two-day trip to Occidental Mindoro, taking the time to meet local government officials and salt farmers in the municipality of San Jose to express his utmost support for the province’s goal of moving towards the development and sustainability of the local salt industry.

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Agriculture
July 2017

Masantol Is Pampanga's Crab Capital

Masantol, through which the big Pampanga River passes, is the province’s undisputed crab capital. Mangrove crabs (formerly called “mud crab”) are a major product of fishpond operators who manage no less than 12,000 hectares of ponds, according to Crisanto N. Lapaz of the provincial agriculture and fishery council (PAFC).

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Agriculture
July 2017

Bright Prospects For Prawn Farming In The Philippines

It’s little known that locally farmed prawn could be a vital foreign exchange earner for the country.

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Agriculture
July 2017

Building Greenhouses For Filipino Farmers, Building Hope

As I Ponder where to start writing about the 20 years of the Harbest Agribusiness Corporation, a swift recollection of the path we took made me really proud of the men and women who comprised the foundation and pillars that hold Harbest high among its fellow agriculture industry players. Harbest is what it is now due to the partnership that has been established through the years; this is what I fondly call the Harbest Family. Our family members are our loyal employees, our partners, and our suppliers from different countries as well as here in the Philippines. 95% of our product lines are imported from the best brands of the agricultural industry worldwide. Twenty years? Really, we are just starting.

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Agriculture
July 2017

Farm Resort Complex Boasts Of Ecotourism Park And Profitable Piggery

It Is Rare that you will find an Ecotourism Park and a huge piggery together in a farm resort complex. That’s because most people think that the usual foul smell of a piggery is not compatible with a resort which visitors on leisure trips patronize every day.

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Agriculture
July 2017

New Farm Machines Showcased At Philmech Anniversary

New farm machines that can tremendously boost farm mechanization in the Philippines were showcased in a field demonstration during the 39th anniversary celebration of PhilMech (Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization) at the Science City of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija.

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Agriculture
July 2017

Soya Growers Create Opportunities With Their Success

A SOYA CULTIVATOR who also processes his crop has started gaining recognition for his modest but valuable contribution to the local food industry.

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Agriculture
June 2017

Resort Area Can Create Farming Opportunities

WHEREVER there are people going to a certain place, there are opportunities for farmers to make money. We just came from what could become a major tourist destination in the North, and we can imagine the farm products that could become bestsellers there.

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Agriculture
June 2017

Producing Milkfish Fingerlings In Brackish Water Ponds Is Profitable

THE MILKFISH (Chanos chanos), locally known as “bangus,” is our country’s most important cultured fish. It is grown in about 200,000 hectares of brackish water ponds (Editor’s note: also spelled “brackishwater”), 10,000 hectares of freshwater and brackish water fishpens, and over 5,000 floating cages throughout the country. In 2016, we produced more than 400,000 metric tons of farmed milkfish.

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Agriculture
June 2017

Practical Bukidnon Couple Cultivates Inbred Rice Variety

A COUPLE LIVING in one of the interior barangays of Malaybalay City in Bukidnon has chosen to cultivate an inbred rice variety in preference to other hybrid varieties, citing practicality and economy as the reasons for their choice.

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Agriculture
June 2017

PH-korea Collaboration To Develop Corn Mill

IT IS ALL SYSTEMS GO for the development of an efficient villagelevel corn mill under a collaborative project between the Korea Agricultural Machinery Industry Cooperative (Kamico) chaired by Shin Gil Kim, and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) headed by Dr. Dionisio G. Alvindia, upon the recent signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA).

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Agriculture
June 2017

New Sensor Eyed To Improve Quality, Price Of Rubber Cup Lumps

THE DEVELOPMENT of a relatively new sensor is expected to improve the quality of rubber cup lumps, which could then be sold for higher prices.

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Agriculture
June 2017

How Dennis Miguel Got Hooked On Sri

WOULD YOU BELIEVE that one tiny rice seedling with just two leaves at planting time can yield 700 grams of grains? That’s what Dennis Miguel proved when he planted rice in black plastic nursery bags following the “System of Rice Intensification” or SRI developed by Cornell University experts.

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Agriculture
June 2017

Fabricating Open-type Rice Hull Carbonizer The i-Baluan Way

WITH INGENUITY and resourcefulness, the Grade 10 students of Baluan National High School (BNHS) in General Santos City fabricated a simple, open-type carbonizer that farming families can duplicate in their own households.

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Agriculture
June 2017

Dennis Miguel Produces 200 Cavans From A Hectare Of Rainfed Farm That Used To Yield Only 50 Cavans

DENNIS MIGUEL, the fellow who wanted to break the world record of 20.2 tons of palay per hectare achieved in India, did not quite make it, but what he has proven is that a rainfed rice farm that used to produce only about 50 cavans per hectare can yield four times that, or 200 cavans.

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Agriculture
June 2017

A Fast Way To Multiply Rainbow Eucalyptus

COMMERCIALLY GROWN for pulp, paper, and timber, bagras or rainbow eucalyptus will be massively propagated by the ERDB after a micropropagation protocol was developed.

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Agriculture
June 2017

Why We Need A Department Of Fisheries And Aquatic Resources

IN THE FIRST Regular Session of the 17th Congress of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives, there were three Senate bills and three House bills filed for the creation of a Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR).

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Agriculture
May 2017

Tuburan Coffee Brewing in Cebu

IF THERE IS ANYTHING “brewing” at Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Cebu nowadays, it is the initiatives for making Tuburan ground coffee hot—on the market.

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Agriculture
May 2017

Researchers Develop Two Ways To Convert Inorganic Farms Into Organic

BATAC, ILOCOS NORTE – Researchers of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in this town have developed two ways to convert inorganic farms into organic.

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Agriculture
May 2017

May's Organic Garden: A Paradise In The Heart Of Bacolod

LOOKING FOR A PLACE to relax and experience countryside organic farming…in an urban setting? It’s possible at May’s Organic Garden and Restaurant in Bacolod City.

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Agriculture
May 2017

Livestock Ph 2017 And First Aquaculture Ph Held

SINCE ITS INCEPTION in 2011, Livestock Philippines has become the benchmark of livestock nutrition, health and production, and meat industry exposition in the country.

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Agriculture
May 2017

Jeffferson Laruan Finds Wood Vinegar Very Useful in Organic Farming

ASK JEFFERSON LARUAN, a very successful organic farmer, and he will tell you that wood vinegar is very important in organic farming. He and his wife Elisa are the owners of the Lily Valley Organic Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet.

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Agriculture
May 2017

Guava & Goats Make A Good Combination

HERE’S ONE GOOD farming strategy: raising goats and guavas at the same time. It was practiced several years back by Romulo Cruz of Compostela, Cebu before he migrated to another country.

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Agriculture
May 2017

Farming Innovation Benefits Remote Corn Plantation In Bukidnon

A SOFT-SPOKEN FARMER who is nonetheless a successful entrepreneur in Barangay Iba, Cabanglasan, Bukidnon was able to maintain the productivity of his vast corn field by applying an organic foliar fertilizer.

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Agriculture
May 2017

Disease- Free Potatoes From Research Center

THE NORTHERN PHILIPPINES Root Crops Research And Training Center, based at the Benguet State University in La Trinidad, is doing a great service for potato planters in the Cordilleras by providing the farmers with disease-free planting materials that result in better yields.

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Agriculture
May 2017

Biological Control For Major Cacao Pests And Diseases

PRIMARILY DUE to its favorable soil and climatic conditions, and its strategic location, the Philippines is suitable for planting cacao trees.

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Agriculture
May 2017

The Large Black Pig Is Here! Perfect for Free Range

AN ANCIENT HOG BREED from old England which was introduced in the Philippines less than two years ago, perhaps for the first time, promises to be a perfect animal for raising as free-range animal. And this could be the right breed to meet the need of health-conscious consumers who are looking for naturally farmed pork.

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Agriculture
April 2017

Service Providers Crucial To Farm Mechanization

HOW CAN RICE FARMERS lower their cost of production to the target of R5 to R7 per kilo of palay? That would make local farmers at par with the farmers of exporting countries like Thailand and Vietnam, which sell their rice to the Philippines.

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Agriculture
April 2017

Lowering Pond Water Temperature With Water Lettuce

ONE OF THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS of climate change on aquaculture in our country is the high temperature of water in fishponds, especially during the dry season months of April to May. In freshwater ponds that are shallow (less than 1 meter) and without any supplemental water supply from irrigation or pumps, “fish kills” can occur when the water temperature exceeds 32 degrees Celsius.

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Agriculture
April 2017