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Chef Highlights The Importance Of Local Agriculture In Filipino Cuisine And Culture

WHAT WE GROW, be it food crops or livestock, isn’t just what we eat--it’s also part of what makes up who we are. This is the message that chef Jam Melchor wants to send. The chef has been on a crusade to popularize Filipino food within the Philippines by setting it in the context of culture. “Other countries have a University of Gastronomy whereas here, it’s always an afterthought,” Melchor says in Tagalog. “We don’t give it importance.”

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Agriculture
June 2019

Cavite Coffee Farmers Encouraged To ‘Pick Red Cherries' For Fine Robusta

EARLIER THIS YEAR, the Philippine Coffee Board, together with the Amadeo, Cavite local government, launched Pick Red ‘Fine Robusta,’ a campaign to encourage farmers to only pick red coffee berries with the aim of reviving and refining Cavite’s coffee industry.

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Agriculture
June 2019

Alaminos Goat Ties Guinness World Record, Gives Birth To Sextuplets!

Superior genetics, good nutrition, research and good management are the ingredients in successful goat dairying.

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Agriculture
June 2019

Regenerative Farming: The Secret Is In The Soil

WE HAVE LOST 80 billion tons of carbon from our soils. This lost carbon is now hovering over our atmosphere and warming the planet. That may be why it barely rained in November, and why it feels like summer in February.

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Agriculture
May 2019

WV Farmers Urged To Report Crop Pest Incidents Immediately

ILOILO CITY – Farmers shall immediately report any cases of pest and diseases incidents in their areas to curb damage on crops especially rice, said Ryan Rasgo, chief of the Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Western Visayas.

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Agriculture
May 2019

Using The Right Fertilizer Can Help Cacao Farmers Cope With Changing Weather Patterns

SINCE EL NIÑO, which developed during the last quarter of 2018, is still present in the tropical Pacific Ocean, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has advised farmers to take good care of their crops.

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Agriculture
May 2019

Laguna De Bay As A Water Source Of Metro Manila

THERE WAS a water shortage recently in the eastern part of Metro Manila due to the lack of water supply provided by Manila Water, a concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS). Manila Water gets 1.6 billion liters of water per day (BLD) from Angat Dam in Bulacan along with the Maynilad, the other concessionaire supplying water to the western part of Metro Manila which gets its 2.4 BLD from the same dam, the main source (97%) of water of Metro Manila, to supply more than 16 million people in the metropolis. In March of this year, the Manila Water had a deficit of 1 BLD due to the low level of its water source in La Mesa Dam (Quezon City) supplied by Angat Dam. Maynilad did not have any water shortage for its customers in 17 cities and municipalities of Metro Manila not only because of its bigger water allocation from Angat Dam (which it is now sharing with Manila Water as of this writing) but also because 7% of its water comes from Laguna de Bay.

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Agriculture
May 2019

Hot Chili Aficionados Form A Formidable Group

SEVEN GROUPS which are involved in one way or another in hot chilies have now formed a formidable front under the umbrella of what Ponchit Ponce Enrile started in 2014 - ChiliHeads Philippines which staged with much fanfare the first Chili Festival that year. They have formed a federation.

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Agriculture
May 2019

Highland Crops Yield Higher With Alternative Crop Shelter Design

YIELDS OF LETTUCE, broccoli, and strawberry increased when these were grown under a new crop shelter design developed by researcher and project leader Dr. John F. Malamug of the Benguet State University (BSU).

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Agriculture
May 2019

Grafted Ampalaya Gives 37 Harvests Vs. 15-18 Of Ungrafted

THE TALK of the town among vegetable growers today is grafted ampalaya. Why? Last year, EastWest Seed’s new Farm Ready grafted ampalaya seedlings were released to selected farmers for field trial. The farmers included those from Central Luzon and Calabarzon area. One of those who bought grafted seedlings was Doming Castro of Floridablanca, Pampanga, according to Ric Reyes, East-West Seed’s Marketing and Strategy consultant.

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Agriculture
May 2019

Eggplant Resistant To Insect Pests Being Developed

A PROJECT funded and monitored by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) will develop improved eggplant varieties with increased resistance against insect pests, specifically eggplant fruit and shoot borer (EFSB) and leafhopper.

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Agriculture
May 2019

Better-tasting Chocolate Drink With Improved Tablea Processing Technology

TABLEA, or chocolate liquor, in a bar can be a thick disc, flat, or square in form used to make a hot chocolate beverage. It is made from local cacao beans using fermentation and roasting processes that have been improved and standardized to give the best quality chocolate beverage.

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Agriculture
May 2019

Bayer's Dual Trait Arize Az 8433 Dt Hybrid Rice Combats Insect Pests As Well As Diseases

The Future of Rice Farming: Arize AZ 8433 DT combats harmful pests and bacterial disease Arize AZ 8433 DT: Innovative Dual Trait hybrid rice variety combats BPH and BLB

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Agriculture
May 2019

Rainwater Harvesting In Republic Cement Batangas Plant

With this in mind, the Republic Cement Batangas Plant continues to do rainwater harvesting and has done so since 2015 for 100% of its domestic and industrial water consumption requirements or ~328,150 cu.m. of water per year.

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Agriculture
March 2019

Quadro Alas Rice Hybrid Can Be Planted 3 Times A Year

In 2018, Sorel was enrolled under the Model Hybrid Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture and planted Quadro Alas on his two-hectare farm in Brgy. San Miguel A on October 3, 2018.

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Agriculture
March 2019

Portasol: Drying Palay Safely And Efficiently

Drying reduces grain moisture content to a safe level for storage. When rice is harvested, it contains up to 25 per cent moisture. High moisture level during storage can lead to grain discoloration, and encourage development of molds.

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Agriculture
March 2019

New Buguey Hatchery Launched

Municipal Agriculturist Danilo Rumpon said that at present, fish farmers in the area still have to order tilapia fingerlings from as far as Isabela.

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Agriculture
March 2019

MANAGING OUR “CURACHA” FISHERY

The “curacha” is caught all year round in the coastal waters of Southwestern Mindanao between Zamboanga and Sulu. It is also found in Bataan and in the eastern coast of Africa, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, and Hawaii.

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Agriculture
March 2019

KOICA PROJECT EYED TO RESOLVE PANAY UPLAND FARMERS' MARKETING PROBLEM

Jose Pepe Caoyonan, chairman of San Miguel Farmers’ Cooperative, said “with this LFT, our farmers will be able to lessen their expenses in the transport of their farm products to Iloilo City, thus increasing their income.”

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Agriculture
March 2019

It Makes Sense To Plant Large Planting Materials

The problem with small planting materials (2 to 3 feet tall) is that, if they are planted in the field right away, they could be overtaken by the weeds that can suffocate them. Also, young planting materials when grown in the open are sensitive to too much heat.

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Agriculture
March 2019

He Put All His Eggs In One Basket

During our interview, someone reminded us that we should never interview Romy, a retired teacher who was previously into quail raising.

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Agriculture
March 2019

Fruiting Caimito In A Container

About five years ago, at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal, a couple of grafted purple caimito seedlings were planted in big rubberized containers. Now, they are in their second year of fruiting. The fruits may not be as many as those grown in the field, but it is something fascinating to own a fruiting caimito tree in a container.

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Agriculture
March 2019

Chicharon Maker Modernizes Operation

The company is the SLERS Industries, Inc. owned by Mercedes Fidelita P. Mejia whose operation was upgraded with the all-new equipment provided by DOST through its SETUP program.

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Agriculture
March 2019

They Dared To Be Different And Won

In our coverage of agriculture, we sometimes come across unusual strategies that can make their proponents big winners. In Taiwan, for instance, the leisure farm that comes to mind is the Flying Cow Ranch in the county of Miaoli.

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Agriculture
January 2019

Seedling Production: An Opportunity For Small Farmers

IN ORDER to attain the proper growth and optimum performance of different varieties of vegetables, the use or planting of quality seedlings should always be considered.

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Agriculture
January 2019

What Is Happening To Our Farmed Tilapia Industry

THE INTRODUCED TILAPIA is the second most important farmed or cultured fish in the country next to our native milkfish. In 2016, we produced 300,720 metric tons (MT) of tilapia (mainly the Nile tilapia) from farms (86%) and fishing from inland waters (14%) with a value of R24 billion. Our production of farmed tilapia in 2015 was 260,966 MT with 54% coming from freshwater ponds, 30% from freshwater cages, 8% from freshwater pens and 7% from brackishwater ponds. Most of the farmed tilapia production was from Luzon (92%), with Mindanao and the Visayas contributing only 6% and 2%, respectively.

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Agriculture
January 2019

Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro: Emerging As The New “Tuna Capital Of The Philippines”

These aborigines usually exclaimed this phrase in the olden days whenever they found gold nuggets on the sandy riverbank near their settlement at the edge of a mighty river. Lowlanders from mainland Luzon and the Visayas who first settled at the edge of the Maybulao River also called their village by that name. Years later, the name became Mamburao.

5 mins read
Agriculture
January 2019

Resiliency Of The Native Pig Industry

Through The Years, The Country’s Native Pig Industry Has Been Affected By Varied Factors.

4 mins read
Agriculture
January 2019

Coffee Industry In The Eyes Of An Academician

How important is coffee as an agricultural commodity? And how relevant is coffee industry in the lives of the Filipinos?

6 mins read
Agriculture
January 2019

ESIP Project Creates Sustainable And Inclusive Growth In Eastern Samar's Agricultural Sector

INVESTORS, business owners and government leaders came together for the first National Harampang (Visayan for “meeting” or “open forum”) entitled “From the Tree to Your Tray: A Market-led Approach Towards Inclusive and Sustainable Rural Development”, an investment platform and partnership building event held at the Marco Polo Hotel last November 14, 2018.

2 mins read
Agriculture
January 2019