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Crop Roadmaps Poorly Implemented

Roadmaps for various crops and animals in the Philippines have been crafted by experts of the government as well as from the private sector, either in collaboration with each other, or purely by experts from the private sector.

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Agriculture
January 2019

Bothered By What The Fortune Teller Told Him

Carmelo “Milo” Ramos was a member of a crew of a rescue ship that sailed around the world tasked with rescuing boats in distress. Like most seamen, he enjoyed a big salary in dollars. He didn’t say it himself but someone suggested that he was making at least $1,700 a month. That was a big amount that the salary from a local employment could hardly match.

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Agriculture
January 2019

Appreciating Organic Farming

After Appreciating Climate Change (1st of a series), we are now tackling Organic Farming because, scientists tell us, and I, as a disciple of organic farming for 50 years, am convinced myself, that organic farming has a big, big role to play in what citizens can do to fight climate change, and in a manner, that is very much intelligent.

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Agriculture
January 2019

U.S., Philippines Celebrate Milestones In Protecting Philippine Forests And Biodiversity

THE U.S. EMBASSY in the Philippines and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated the success of USAID’s six-year, 1.35 billion partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in strengthening the country’s forest and biodiversity conservation.

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Agriculture
November 2018

Price Policies That Penalize Agriculture Hinder Development

ONE OF THE SALIENT FINDINGS of a research by two international agencies is that among 117 countries, agricultural development took off when they removed price policies that penalize agriculture.

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Agriculture
November 2018

The Tilapia Hatcheries Of Calauan, Laguna

CALAUAN is a second-class municipality in the province of Laguna about 75 kilometers south of Manila. It has a population of more than 80,000 people and elevation of 65 meters above sea level. While it is known as “The Home of the Sweetest Pineapple in Laguna,” the town is also a major producer of Nile tilapia fry and fingerlings for culture in the floating cages of Taal Lake in Batangas, which produced over 22% of the total farmed tilapia production (261,210 metric tons) in the country in 2015.

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Agriculture
November 2018

May'S Organic Garden Bags Best Tourist Attraction Award

FOR INTEGRATING the benefits of good agricultural practices together with fun and relaxation, May’s Organic Garden bagged the 2018 Best Tourist Attraction Award during the first-ever Bacolod City Tourism Hospitality Awards.

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Agriculture
November 2018

Indigenous Farmers To Produce World-Class Coffee

ZERO EXTREME POVERTY 2030 (ZEP 2030) recently organized the first-ever Coffee Fest 2018, gathering indigenous peoples (IPs) who have taken up coffee farming, with the goal of increasing their production in preparation for commercial demand. This way, ZEP 2030 aims to build a sustainable source of livelihood for IPs, IP families who comprise a fifth of the 1 million extremely poor families targeted by the coalition.

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Agriculture
November 2018

Lake Sebu Biodiversity To Be Assessed

THE BIODIVERSITY OF LAKE SEBU, one of the most popular tourist attractions in South Cotabato, will be assessed in a Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Grants in Aid (GIA) funded project.

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Agriculture
November 2018

Brown Rice Vs. White Rice

THE GOVERNMENT should provide incentives to farmers who would plant low-amylose rice as a means to improve rice supply in the country. This is the belief of Alfonso G. Puyat who has done personal research on the advantages of producing low-amylose varieties for milling into brown rice. He is the president of Philor, a company that is engaged in manufacturing plant growth enhancers and other farm inputs.

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Agriculture
November 2018

I Practice Multiple Cropping In My Rubber Farm

I AM A WEEKEND FARMER, employed as a college professor at the Central Mindanao University in Musuan, Bukidnon. I want to show that I don’t only know how to teach but also how to practice in the farm what I teach.

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Agriculture
November 2018

Getting To Know Yara's Premium Crop Nutrition Solutions

YARA is the world’s largest fertilizer company. The products are fertilizers all right but they are not the ordinary type. That’s why they are best called Crop Nutrition Solutions because they are very much different from the ordinary traditional fertilizers that local farmers are applying to their crops today. Crop nutrition solutions because of the complete and balanced nutrition they provide to crops.

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Agriculture
November 2018

Beat Rising Prices Of Veggies Thru Urban Gardening

FOR THOSE RESIDING in urban areas like Metro Manila who would like to have their own gardens but don’t have the land or space to plant vegetables, urban gardening is the answer.

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Agriculture
November 2018

Veggie Flour For Better Nutrition

AN ENTERPRISING NURSE who worked for three years in the United States came back to the Philippines ten years ago so she could put up a social enterprise project that could benefit the less fortunate.

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Agriculture
October 2018

The Name Of The Game Is Farm Mechanization

PHILIPPINE AGRICULTURE needs a big boost at this time if we are to be competitive with other ASEAN countries. And that big boost can come from farm mechanization.

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Agriculture
October 2018

SL Agritech Ignites New Hope For Marawi Through Farming

KEEPING TRUE to its commitment to help in the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi, SL Agritech, the major hybrid rice producer in the country, celebrated the first harvest festival in the 50-hectare technology demonstration farm planted with SL hybrid rice seeds. The milestone was also witnessed by Go Negosyo and the local government unit of Lanao del Sur together with the Maranao farmers.

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Agriculture
October 2018

Rediscovering The Hidden Terraces Of Negros Occidental

THE PROVINCE of Negros Occidental has been known as the sugarland of the Philippines for producing more than half of the country’s sugar supply.

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Agriculture
October 2018

New Water Facility Benefits Evacuation Site

MOST PEOPLE in many relocation sites across the country live with limited access to water.

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Agriculture
October 2018

Liberica: The Barako Of All Coffee Varieties

ACCORDING to a popular legend, coffee was accidentally discovered by Kaldi, an Ethiopian goatherd in 850 AD while his normally docile goats were nibbling bright red berries of a certain bush. Soon after, Kaldi was shocked to see the animals jumping and running like crazy. When he chewed the berries, he felt euphoric which he never felt before.

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Agriculture
October 2018

Dupont Technology Gives Hope Against Hoppers

CABANATUAN CITY, NUEVA ECIJA – DuPont welcomed over 300 big land owners to launch Pexalon™, its new insecticide to protect rice plants from hopper infestations. Influential farmers from Central Luzon witnessed talks from local agriculture officials, DuPont technical experts, and fellow farmer-cooperators in Pexalon™ field trials.

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Agriculture
October 2018

Bougainvilleas Becoming The New Trend?

THE HORTICULTURE INDUSTRY, especially ornamental plants for landscaping and other purposes, can provide excellent income opportunities for small time operators as well as the bigger operators. It is one business that offers inclusive growth.

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Agriculture
October 2018

A Promising New Red Onion Variety

NUEVA ECIJA contributes more than 50 percent of the country’s onion production, based on a report made by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), where majority of the municipalities and cities in the province are involved in the production of onions every planting season.

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Agriculture
October 2018

Transferring Sorghum's Weed-Killing Power To Rice

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE (ARS) scientists have transferred a biochemical pathway found in sorghum, which produces a weed-killing compound, into rice plants.

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Agriculture
October 2018

Okra, A Food For Health-Conscious People

Health conscious individualshave started to include okra in their diet due to its high fiber content, plus, it also contains essential vitamins like B and C, potassium, folic acid, and calcium.

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Agriculture
September 2018

Why White-Collar Job People Go Into Farming

IN OUR LONG YEARS of writing about agriculture, we have met a lot of people–ordinary farmers as well as the white-collar workers–who went into some kind of farming. Why did they go into farming? Here are just five reasons (surely, there are many more).

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Agriculture
September 2018

Rediscovering Our Minor Forest Products

WHEN WE TALK about forests, it is most certain that timber and wood products would come into our minds.

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Agriculture
September 2018

Practical Tips On How To Grow Culinary Herbs

IS GROWING CULINARY HERBS relatively easy? Is it easy? For me it is not easy, but since I love cooking, I chose to grow culinary herbs in my garden. A culinary herb is a plant without a woody stem that dies back at the end of each growing season. Herbs were once considered a gift of the gods. Today, herbs are popular in many home gardens where the leaves are used for flavoring or the entire part.

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Agriculture
September 2018

Planting Rice Now More Fun, More Profitable

“PLANTING RICE is never fun…Bending over till the set of sun”. That’s the opening lyric of the old planting rice song. Today, it is a different tune altogether, according to progressive smallholder farmers we interviewed during the “Piyestang Syngenta,” an event in Cabanatuan City attended by more than 150 men and women farmers on July 11, 2018. The new tune could as well be “Planting rice is now more fun and more profitable too, with the new technologies.”

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Agriculture
September 2018

Kamico, One Of The Biggest Exhibitors In Agrilink 2018

SOUTH KOREA MANUFACTURERS will display their machinery in the upcoming Agrilink 2018 to be held on October 4 to 6 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. KAMICO, one of the biggest exhibitors in the event, is being represented in the country by FIT Corea Trading Philippines, Inc.

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Agriculture
September 2018

A Lot Of People Are Interested In Hydroponics

IT IS AMAZING how farming and gardening enthusiasts are braving inclement weather just to attend the lecture on hydroponics. On July 21, 2018, it was raining very hard and many streets were under water. Yet, more than 150 enthusiasts braved the heavy rains and flooded streets to attend the lecture of Engr. Wilson Testa on growing vegetables the hydroponics way.

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Agriculture
September 2018