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Young Guys Beat The Old Guards In Agri-Chem Business

WHEN OUR ADVERTISING account executive at Agriculture Magazine, suggested that we interview the founder of a very successful company that distributes crop protection chemicals and plant nutrition products in Isabela, we readily accepted the suggestion. After all, we love to write about success stories related to farming.

5 mins read
Agriculture
September 2019

Best Friends From Australia Came Back To The Philippines To Farm For The People

OVERSEAS WORKERS and best friends Jessie Salazar and Josie Ramos, returned to the Philippines after living in Australia for almost half of their lives to help people in poor communities. This led them to establish a social enterprise that mainly profits from growing mushrooms called Best Life Is Serving Society Farm, or simply, Bliss Farm.

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Agriculture
September 2019

Urban Garden In Pampanga Grows Fresh Herbs For The Culinary Scene

IN THE CULINARY INDUSTRY, it is important to use fresh ingredients to make sure that dishes are both appealing and healthy.

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Agriculture
July 2019

Oldest Thai Seed Company Is Newest Player In The PH

A NEW COMPANY that will distribute seeds of vegetables and other high-value crops was officially launched at the company’s head office in Tarlac City and at the Marriott Hotel in Clark Pampanga on June 10, 2019.

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Agriculture
July 2019

Millennial-Led Hydroponic Farm Grows Vegetables Right In The Middle Of New Manila

BEHIND A NONDESCRIPT GATE in the middle of bustling New Manila is a lot that contains a bunch of container vans, some stacked on top of each other. One of these vans houses a hydroponic farm setup where arugula, basil, and kale grow at a constant 18°C every day of the year while the rest wait to be converted to similar indoor farms.

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Agriculture
July 2019

Introducing Tiffany, The Yellow-Fleshed Watermelon

MOST OF US are familiar with the popular watermelon with red and yellow flesh. Plenty of farmers nowadays combine planting both red and yellow fleshed watermelons, since they are two of the consumer’s favorites. But did you know that each color contains a slight difference in nutrients?

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Agriculture
July 2019

Hydroponics Is Profitable: Even A Small Space Can Produce Good Income

IN AGRIBUSINESS, you don’t always need hectares upon hectares of growing area to make good income. Some people can make a decent profit even from a small area. And they don’t even have to own the land because they can just rent it. Just like Julius Carl Gerona, who grow lettuce and kale the hydroponics way in a vacant subdivision lot in Antipolo City that he rents for R300 a month.

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Agriculture
July 2019

Former Police Officer Is Now A Square Foot Garden Advocate

A LOT OF PEOPLE discover agriculture after retirement. They find that tending to plants keeps them active, and turning what usually starts as a hobby into a business keeps their minds sharp as well.

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Agriculture
July 2019

Forest Wood Garden: Farm Tourism Destination With A Culinary Twist

THE LUSH Forest Wood Garden at the foot of Mount San Cristobal, a dormant volcano rising 4,820 feet beside the mystical Mount Banahaw, at the southern fringes of San Pablo City in Laguna blossomed from a simple garden of colorful ornamental plants in mid2000 into a full working farm today.

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Agriculture
July 2019

Couple's Chili Sauce Business Helped Their Davao Oriental Community Rise Above Adversity

THE ABILITY of the Filipinos to rise up after every adversity has been proven time and again. That despite major calamities, almost everyone could still manage to offer a warm smile and see the goodness in everything. And the couple behind Ayana’s Siling Kinamayo, together with the hundreds of families in the Mindanao region, particularly in Davao Oriental, could very well epitomize this trait.

6 mins read
Agriculture
July 2019

A Floating Tilapia Hatchery In Sampaloc Lake

A FISH HATCHERY is a facility where the breeding of mature fish (male and female) and the rearing (nursery) of the young (fry and fingerlings) are done. In most countries, including the Philippines, the hatcheries for the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), the second most important farmed fish in the world, are done in land-based ponds and tanks. The commercial breeding and nursery of tilapia in a lake-based floating hatchery were probably first done in the Philippines in Lake Bunot (one of the seven lakes of San Pablo City in Laguna) by Nony Guia in the 1970s for the Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus).

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Agriculture
July 2019

9 Tips For Keeping An Urban Garden Well-Watered Despite El Niño

SOMEONE who becomes an urban gardener will inevitably adopt sustainable practices, if it weren’t to those practices that drew them to gardening to begin with. In my case, I first wanted to grow a few herbs, until I wanted to grow my own food by planting leafy vegetables like pechay and lettuce, and fruiting vegetables like gourd, squash, tomato, and pepper.

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Agriculture
July 2019

Winning Traits Of Successful Agri People

DURING OUR SEMINAR/FORUM which we hold every Sunday in our farm, one lady wanted to know what some of the traits that make agri people succeed in their farm projects are.

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Agriculture
August 2019

The Amazing Revival In The Cultivation Of Tropical Fruit Trees

THERE ARE MANY tropical fruit trees grown for high income in South East Asia. These include pummelo, tamarind, guava, durian, longkong (lanzones), magosteen, jackfruit, mango, and many others. I carried out recent updates on three kinds of fruit trees, namely, durian, mangosteen, and longkong by visiting the production regions in Malaysia and Thailand. These countries are the leading and trendsetters in the cultivation of these fruit trees.

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Agriculture
August 2019

The 'Bamboo Lady' Of Los Banos

THE BAMBOO is the fastest growing grass and the most important non-timber commodity in the forest ecosystem of the world. Its wood has many uses including construction of buildings, furniture, and handicrafts. It is planted in denuded areas for soil and water conservation as well as for ornamental landscapes. Bamboo groves are more efficient than tree forests in sequestering carbon dioxide for mitigating climate change or global warming.

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Agriculture
August 2019

Millennial From Rizal Creates Do-it-yourself Vermicomposting Kit To Help Reduce Household Food Waste

A MILLENNIAL from Rizal has turned her interest in vermicomposting and reducing food waste into a growing side business.

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Agriculture
August 2019

Managing Backyard Swine Disease

THE PIG is one of the most widely utilized livestock animals around the world. It has been domesticated for several thousand years and is primarily used as a food source. As a result, many farms incorporate pigs in their setup for additional income and for personal consumption.

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Agriculture
August 2019

Leyte Rice Processing Center Is Most Advanced In The Region

RICE is an important part of the Filipino diet. It is also a crop whose supply, over the years, has become problematic, as the Philippines, once one of the top rice producers in the world, now struggles to meet its own demand.

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Agriculture
August 2019

Growing Tilapia In A Raceway

RACEWAY, or flow-through system, is one of the earliest methods used to culture freshwater species. It usually consists of rectangular basins or canals with an inlet and outlet wherein continuous water flow in and out to provide the required level of water quality.

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Agriculture
August 2019

Farmers Experience ‘a Whole New World' With The Help Of A Disney-inspired Startup Company

Joselito “Jun” Ocol, the CEO and co-founder of an agritech startup company in the Philippines, has a goal of bringing the concept of accessibility and availability from the fictional market into reality to benefit Filipinos, especially the farmers.

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Agriculture
August 2019

Bgc School's Gardening Initiatives Helps Mold Kids Into Global Citizens

THERE’S A GROWING worldwide concern on food security, and on young people being detached from how their food is grown.

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Agriculture
August 2019

Diligence Paved The Way For This ULAT Sipag Top Awardee For Two Consecutive Years

IT’S A SECOND TIME in a row for Agriculture Magazine contributor, Julio P. Yap Jr.

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Agriculture
August 2019

A Retired Couple Runs A Successful Aquaculture Business With Their Millennial Son

8 TREASURES is a bangus (milkfish; Chanos chanos), alimasag (mangrove or mud crab; scylla serrata), and sugpo (tiger prawn; Penaeus monodon) farm located in Lubao, Pampanga. The area is comprised of fishponds that span different municipalities, some of which can only be reached by boat. The ponds are separated by dikes—strips of land where people can cross, some of which are equipped with wooden slats that, when piled on top of each oother, can be used to control how much water gets in and out of a pond.

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Agriculture
August 2019

The Importance Of Sustainable Fishing In Food Security

RARE INC. PHILIPPINES, together with Balangay’s Best by Fishers & Changemakers, Inc. (FCI), and Slow Food Youth Network Philippines (SFYN), conducted a workshop about sustainable seafood/slow fishing, followed by a food tasting cooked by three well-known chefs using the products of Balangay’s Best.

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Agriculture
June 2019

Producing Insect Meal And Oil For Fish Feeds

THE USE OF COMMERCIAL FEEDS in aquaculture can be 60-70% of the total cost of production. The high cost is attributed to the cost of feed ingredients such as fish meal and oil, which are becoming short in supply and expensive. Substitutes for such ingredients that are more available and affordable are needed by the industry. One such animal protein and energy source for fish feeds that has promise is insect meal and oil.

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Agriculture
June 2019

Mutant Papaya Has Long Fruit With Small Cavity, Sweet And Juicy

THIS RED PAPAYA shown here is something you will really love to eat because its thick flesh is sweet and juicy. This is not a hybrid developed by the major seed companies. It is a mutant that came out in our farm in Teresa, Rizal.

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Agriculture
June 2019

Mangosteen In Summer: It's Not Magic, It's Science

SUMMER is a favorite season to many for the warm vibes it brings, the longer days to spend outdoors, and time to crave for those mouth-watering fruits to keep energized and hydrated.

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Agriculture
June 2019

Luxury Integrated Resort Takes Steps Toward Sustainability

FOLLOWING ITS COMMITMENT to long-term sustainable programs, City of Dreams Manila has established ecoefficient operations such as vermicomposting and plant propagation on its property.

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Agriculture
June 2019

Local Brewery Uses Indigenous Fruits To Create Signature Spirits

RAOUL MASANGCAY, founder and head brewer of Elias Wicked Ales and Spirits, a microbrewery based in Quezon City, seeks to create a name for itself in the beer industry with local produce by exploring the different, and somewhat uncommon products that can be made from them.

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Agriculture
June 2019

Cocktail Of Plant Growth Stimulants Gives High Yields

A CHEMICAL ENGINEER who calls himself an innovator has come up with a cocktail of plant growth stimulants that has been proven to produce high yields in various crops. The fellow is Caysing Tan, 76, who has been doing his own research and experiments in his four-hectare farm in Cavite.

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Agriculture
June 2019