AgriBusiness Archive

Wide gap in GDP contribution of Muslim region at 1% should be closed against NCR’s 36%

An ASEAN market access program aims to close a wide gap in the contribution to GDP of extremely poor regions such as the Muslim region’s minuscule 1% compared to the National Capital Region’s 36%. Data presented to a market integration program of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study & Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) […]

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Growing straw mushrooms the cheap way

Straw mushrooms (Volvariella volvacea Singer)- a type of edible tropical mushroom can be grown cheaply using rice straw or banana leaves as bedding material. Dr. Aliebusan from the National Institute of Science and Technology, National Science Development Board (NIST-NDB) recommends this method since it is cheap and easy to adopt. Straw mushrooms flourish almost simultaneously […]

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BAR looks into the potentials of batuan and sampalok

There is more to batuan (Garcinia binucao) and sampalok (Tamarindus indica) than just souring agents to our favorite dishes. With the instruction from Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) led by Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar is now looking into the possible interventions to tap the potentials of these plants specifically […]

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A second look at jackfruit

Who doesn’t know jackfruit or langka? In the Visayas, jackfruit is a priority commodity. In fact, major jackfruit growing areas in the country are located in Western, Central and Eastern Visayas wherein almost half of the total land area is allotted to jackfruit production. To many, jackfruit is grown mainly at backyards because it used […]

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Corn farmers urge government to issue policies harmonious to EO 430, uphold field trial of GM crops that raise food security

Corn farmers have pressed government to issue policies harmonious to Executive Order 430 that upholds trials of genetically modified (GM) crops as these contribute to climate change mitigation and to food security with its cumulative $98 billion value. In a resolution during the National Corn Congress, the Philippine Maize Federation Inc. (PMFI) has asked President […]

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Region 3 rice sector ASEAN integration-ready due to strong government-private hybrid rice collaboration

The rice sector of Region 3 is prepared for the ASEAN integration in light of a high 5.25 metric tons (MT) average yield owing to a strong government-private sector collaboration on hybrid rice. While it is not being so recognized by the national government, Region 3 accounts for more than 70 percent of total rice […]

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Local Researchers Develop High-yielding, Disease-free Abaca Hybrids

Pacol, a wild variety of banana and a close relative of saging na saba, was used to create a disease-free breed of abaca. In a project dubbed “Production of High Yielding and Virus-resistant Abaca Hybrids”, experts were able to do this by using molecular markers in a biotechnology process called genetic engineering. This collaborative project […]

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How to Start a Mongo Production Business

How to make big in Mongo production? Mongo production is an added income for farmers while waiting for two months to start another season of corn or rice production. The value of this production is gaining grounds as market and price are high this time. Technical Description Mungbean (Vigna radiata Wilczek), commonly called mongo, is […]

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$2.5 M IFAD projects finds ways for small farmers to help raise export and cut huge trade imbalance that benefit rich countries like Japan

A $2.5 million IFAD-funded project looks at ways for small farmers to help raise export so as to cut Philippines’ and ASEAN’s heavy import dependence that just benefits rich countries like Australia. A project of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study & Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development […]

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International food agency urged govt to do “structural transformation” by pouring investments in farm research & development, land distribution

An international food agency has urged government to carry out “structural transformation” by pouring investments in farm research & development, infrastructure, labor-intensive manufacturing and services, and land distribution in order for rural economies to grow. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) which is co-implementing a $2.5 million ASEAN market development work told a SEARCA […]

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Vermicompost boosts organic mangosteen fruit production

Inorganic fertilizer application can be substituted with vermicast or vermin worm manure without affecting the productivity of mangosteen. This, Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Ruth M. Martinez found out in her Science and Technology-based Farm (STBF) project on mangosteen production at her farm in Brgy. Muan-an in Kidapawan City. At a technology field day held at her […]

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Why not Avocado

To this author, this pear-shaped fruit which is also rich in vitamins and minerals is a champion crop. Avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Central Mexico and is a commercially valuable and cultivated crop in tropical and Mediterranean-type climates throughout the world. It has a green-skinned and fleshy fruit which ripens after harvesting. […]

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