AgriBusiness Archive

Somatic embryogenesis, a promising technology to mass propagate coconut

A promising technology in coconut mass propagation is currently being tested and evaluated in the country by a group of researchers from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), University of the Philippines (UP), Bicol University (BU), and Visayas State University (VSU). The coconut somatic embryogenesis technology (Cset) project funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine […]

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Mango: up close and personal

Mango is one of the country’s high value crops but farmers do not have any standard procedure for identifying different varieties of mango at the early stage. Other than using the variety of the ‘mother’ tree as reference, mango growers have no reliable indices to identify type at the seedling stage. Farmers usually find out […]

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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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Cassava foliage supplementation increases milk production

Cassava (Manihot esculenta) has a positive effect on milk yield, researches show. Through the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development’s Science and Technology-based Farm Project (STBF), the value of cassava feed supplement in increasing milk production in dairy cows as well as the potential of cassava production as a livelihood […]

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How to Make Soil Conditioners for Urban Gardening

Don’t you know that you can grow vegetables and herbs even if you only have a small space? With the application of soil conditioner, you can grow healthy vegetables and herbs in small plots or in plastic containers and enjoy a bountiful harvest at a minimal cost. This is true to Nilo F. Estrella who […]

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Ensuring rubber’s high yield through DNA fingerprinting and analysis

Researchers from the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) conducted a study to validate the varietal integrity of the country’s promising rubber clones. The study became imperative as the Philippines gears up to increase the yield of rubber by 60% (from 1.2 mt/ha to 1.92 mt/ha in 2020) to meet projected increase in demand in the […]

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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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Grow dracaena godseffiana the easy way

More and more Filipinos have taken interest in foliage plants, both for their profit potential and their aesthetic value. One of the most in demand and also considered as the best indoor plant is the Dracaena godseffiana, a spreading and shrubby plant popularly used in flower arrangements and florist greens. Dracaenas are made up of […]

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Pineapple Production Guide

The pineapple also known botanically as Ananas comosus plant is a terrestrial herb 2 1/2 to 5 ft (.75-1.5 m) high with a spread of 3 to 4 ft (.9-1.2 m); a very short, stout stem and a rosette of waxy, straplike leaves, long-pointed, 20 to 72 in (50-180cm) 1ong; usually needle tipped and generally […]

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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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Ilocos garlic growers to market garlic to Jollibee, Splash Foods at 13.5 tons per month

Ilocos garlic growers are optimistic of the prospects of the garlic industry as they are about to market peeled and powdered garlic to Jollibee and Splash Foods Corp at 13.5 metric tons (MT) per month. The Sinait Garlic Center of the North Producers Cooperative (SGC-NPC) in Ilocos Sur is set to start its sale of […]

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Guyabano (Soursop) Production Guide

Guyabano or soursop is one of the minor crops that is gaining popularity because of its economic uses. It is a nutritious fruit, rich in ascorbic acid, potash, phosphorous and calcium. The edible portion is 70% with food energy of 63 calories and the sugar content ranges from 4 to 14%. Because of its many […]

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