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International Labor Org’s agri skills competency standards pushed in Ph, ASEAN as Filipino farmers’ average age reach 57

The Philippines is urged to adopt an International Labor Organization’s (ILO) model for skills competency standard in agriculture so as to raise the dwindling number of farmers– threatening food security as average Filipino farmers age is at 57 years old. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has proposed […]

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DENR-ERDB to hold ASEAN Congress on sustainable urbanization

The Philippines is hosting an ASEAN Congress on June 26-30, 2017 that will provide a forum for the exchange of information and experiences on sustainable urbanization. This event is consistent with the celebration of the ASEAN’s 50th Founding Anniversary with Philippines as the ASEAN Chair for 2017. Since Southeast Asia is seen internationally as a […]

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Making apiculture industry sustainable through stingless bees

The bees are important in the pollination of flowering plants including agricultural crops like fruits and vegetables. Pollination is one of the most important mechanisms in maintaining and promoting biodiversity. Unfortunately, the numbers of pollinators are declining, a problem that continues to haunt the world apiculture industry, according to Dr. Cleofas R. Cervancia, president of […]

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Business Opportunities and Health Benefits from Indigenous Plants

The Philippines is distinguished as the seventh most biologically diverse country in the world. In fact, the country is internationally known to be a source of medicinal plants, functional foods, natural food dyes, tropical fruit flavors, and essential oils. Thus, the country is capable of producing value-added materials from local biodiversity and, eventually, trading of […]

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Rambutan: The exotic fruit of Southeast Asia

Maybe the majority of us Filipinos have seen this red hairy fruit . Indeed, the fruit’s name is derived from the Malay word “rambut” meaning hairy. It is usually eaten raw and has a distinct taste and texture. Although rambutan is categorized as an underutilized fruit, it is considered as one of the promising commercial […]

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Sweet Potato Production Guide

Sweet potato (Ipomea batatas), locally known as “kamote”, is commonly planted in flat to slightly rolling open areas. The crop is also known to be a cheap but excellent source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, carotene, calcium, and phosphorus. It is also a fair source of thiamine and iron but a poor source of riboflavin, niacin, […]

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Varnish from Almaciga Resin

Resin from Agathis philippinensis (Almaciga or Dayungon) is a good material for varnish according to researchers at the Forest Products Research and Development Institute in Los Baños. Several formulas were studied to find the best varnish from almaciga resin. The tree in soft and usually used for Christmas tree. It grows abundantly in Regions 2, […]

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58 “lighthouse” schools put up by International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, proves gardening eliminates malnutrition in Region 4A public schoolchildren

Fifty-eight “lighthouse” schools have been put up in Region 4A by the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) which teaches K-12 pupils gardening as a reliable solution to malnutrition that can be prevalent among schoolchildren. The IIRR has proven that the lighthouse schools in its Gardening and Nutrition Education with School-based Supplementary Feeding (GARNESUPP) is […]

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Mass producing the fragrant Kamuning

Kamuning or Murraya paniculata is a small tree that is famous for its fragrant white flowers that smell like jasmine. Native to Southeast Asia, China and the Malay peninsula, kamuningor Orange Jasmine has pear-shaped leaflets that are dark green and glossy. After each blooming period, its white blossoms turn into orange and scarlet fruits. Before, […]

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Biotechnology law needed to buttress planting of crops as Bt eggplant, gene silenced potato as key to food security, combatting hunger

An academic think tank backs a stronger policy to authorize planting and release of biotechnology crops like the Bt eggplant and “gene-silenced” non-browning potato which will be Philippines’ key to long term food security amid climate threats and burgeoning population. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) said it […]

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Creation of government bamboo coordinating agency pushed to seize $20 billion global market

The creation of a state coordinating agency for bamboo development is being pushed by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) to fortify Philippines’ ability to seize a sizable share of the $20 billion global bamboo market. Senate Bill (SB) No. 1478 or the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development Act (PHILBIDA) will sharpen coordination of the […]

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DOST-TRC to Explore Cheaper Flour Substitute From Sago

DAVAO CITY – After a new round of oil price increases, news of cheaper pandesal from locally abundant flour alternative is a welcome respite.
This was the report of Dennis Cunanan, Director General of the DOST’s Technology Resource Center, after conf

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