Jayvee Carillo, partnerships & accreditation services section chief of ATI Central Luzon, shared about the standards, certification requirements, and ways on how local farmers can produce safer corn yields through GAP.
ALL ABOUT GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES
While showing two identical photos of corn on-screen, Carillo asked, “How do you know which set of corn is safe, organic, and has a good quality?” Many viewers were puzzled about the difference between the photos. One viewer replied in Tagalog, “The corns in the photos are just the same.” The point here is that, in knowing which fruit or vegetable is safer to consume, the basis does not only depend on the appearance, but on the methods behind the production and handling of produce before they reach the market.
Standards from planting to handling corn after harvest are set by the government in order to know if a farm is qualified for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification. To be GAP-accredited, one must protect and ensure these four factors: environment, workers’ health and welfare, produce quality, and food safety. GAP is a certification that farmers can obtain, given that they comply with the requirements. At the same time, consumers can also identify the products that are safe for consumption through the GAP logo adhered to each piece of produce.
Carillo assures local farmers that it isn’t hard to qualify for GAP and all they need is to practice the minimum requirements provided.
GAP IN CORN FARMING
Next to rice, corn is another staple food in the Philippines that is widely raised and consumed, particularly in many parts of Visayas and Mindanao. With this, it is important to grow corn that is safe and healthy for the producers, consumers, and the environment.
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REMINDERS WHEN GETTING GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES CERTIFICATION FOR CORN FARMING
AS PER THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (DA), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a set of guidelines to ensure safety and quality in fruit and vegetable production. A webinar series hosted by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) Central Luzon talks about these Good Agricultural Practices, particularly for corn farming.
FORMER SALES ASSOCIATE NOW RUNS HIS OWN SEEDLING BUSINESS WITHOUT OWNING LAND
AS OPPOSED to what many people think, one doesn’t have to buy a lot in order to start a farm business. Arnel Tandang, 50, operations manager and owner of AGT Seedlings Supply, proves that establishing an agricultural enterprise is possible even if you don’t own property.
SECOND TIME'S A CHARM: NORTH COTABATO FARMER FINDS PROFIT IN NATURAL FARMING
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PASSION FOR COFFEE LED A UK NATIONAL TO START A PLANTATION IN BATANGAS
COFFEE has become an important element in starting one’s day. A fresh cup can awaken the senses and help many face the day. Apart from this, the beverage has a wide range of flavors and aromas that people can change according to their preference. Still, the taste of pure, quality coffee can speak for itself even without sugar, cream, and other additions.
FARMING FAMILY TURNS COCONUT PLANTATION INTO THRIVING INTEGRATED FARM
THERE’S A SAYING THAT GOES, “the family that prays together stays together.” This can also be the same for the family who farms.
REVOLUTIONIZING PHILIPPINE FISH FARMING AQUACULTURE COMPANY GROWS TILAPIA IN INDOOR CONCRETE TANKS
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HOMEOWNER TURNS THEIR STORAGE AREA INTO A REFRESHING DINING AND GARDEN SPACE
A HOME holds a special place in Filipino culture. It’s both an area for personal relaxation as well as for entertaining guests.
TOUCHED BY THE SUN'S RAYS: BUKIDNON TRIBAL COOPERATIVE PRODUCES AWARD-WINNING COFFEE
THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF BUKIDNON have been growing coffee for a long time, but it wasn’t until 2017 that their efforts were recognized on an international scale.
A PRIMER ON FREE RANGE CHICKEN PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT PART 1: BREEDS AND HOUSING
CHICKENS are the main source of some dinner table essentials such as eggs and meat. To meet the large demand of products, most chicken farms breed their chickens indoors in wire cages or similar conditions to properly manage the layers or broilers.
Farming In Times Of Pandemic
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PART OF WRIGHT BROTHERS' 1ST AIRPLANE ON NASA'S MARS CHOPPER
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Panay SM scholar-alumni share stories of gratitude, triumph
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Modern, hygienic buses covering Tacloban-Ormoc route launched
NAVAL, Biliran (PIA) — Travel-ers from this town can now enjoy a comfortable and hygienic bus ride going to and from Tacloban.
Low pork prices take effect Monday
PRECIOUS COMMODITY – A meat vendor prepares the order of a customer at a public market in Quezon City. Inflation in the Philippines surged to 4.2 percent after prices of meat increased by 17.1 percent, as well as that of vegetables (21.2 percent) and fruits (nine percent), according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (Mark Balmores)
IATF OKs ‘hog lanes' to control ASF spread
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has given assurance of unhampered transporting of hog shipments from the Visayas and Mindanao to avert possible shortages of pork and poultry due to the adverse impact of African swine fever (ASF) in Metro Manila and greater Luzon.
Suggested retail prices were announced for popular food products during the holidays, with a price freeze on certain items imposed from November until Jan. 17. Prices of food and several other basic commodities, however, continue to rise significantly, prompting organized labor to call for action from the government.
ASF to further push up pork, chicken prices
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A hungry Christmas
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‘Ambo' likely to make landfall in Bicol late this week
Tropical depression “Ambo” will likely make landfall in Bicol Region between Thursday and Friday and may bring rains over most of Visayas, and parts of Central and Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, toward the weekend, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Purpose Driven Lives
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