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Philippines puts name in global rice map as Dona Maria is exported through French Carrefour and to Los Angeles, USA

The Philippines anticipates to put its name in the global rice map as “Dona Maria” premium rice is set to be exported in October at 156 metric tons (MT) through one of world’s largest retailer, the French Carrefour. SL Agritech Corp., (SLAC), producer of Dona Maria Jasponica and Miponica brown and white rice, is all […]

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Dyes from Philippine Plants

Dyeing using different plants has been a traditional practice. However, with the invention of artificial dyes and modern dyeing practices, such use of dyes from plants was soon abandoned. There are many Philippine plants which are good source of dyes – either bark or wood. There are plants which are naturally rich in tannic acid […]

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How to Grow Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus SP.) on Straw in Plastic Bags

Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus sp.) are a delicious and nourishing food, with a nutritional value similar to that of meat or fish. This technology makes full use of rice straw, a common crop residue which might otherwise have no economic value

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Phils to boost luxury silk design production as silk has extensive global market reaching to $2 billion in China alone

The Philippines is boosting the production of patented “Suksuk” design made of the luxury textile silk which has extensive global markets reaching to $2-2.5 billion in China alone. The Suksuk design was patented last year by the state-run Sericulture Research and Development Institute (SRDI). Through it, SRDI hopes to raise the country’s silk production. SRDI […]

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Enhancing heirloom rice production with better technologies

Heirloom rice usually commands a higher price than the ordinary rice. It is prized for its exceptional cooking quality, taste, texture, color, and most importantly, nutritional value. Heirloom rice grown in the Cordilleras are much sought locally and abroad particularly by health-conscious individuals. However, what could have been a lucrative farming activity is hindered by […]

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FDA will not require labeling of GM food as it has no difference from conventional food, is neither cancer-causing, and has been found safe to human

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not require labeling of genetically modified (GM) food as it virtually has no difference from conventional food, is not cancer-causing, and has been proven safe for human health under numerous tests. Packaged products containing GM crops like the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn and those that are not yet […]

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Philippine government pressed to put policies to bring GM crops like Vitamin A-rich rice to help solve worsening global hunger, malnutrition

The Philippines needs to put policies needed to bring to the poor genetically modified (GM) crops like the Vitamin A-rich rice to help solve worsening hunger problem globally. Food production needs to be raised by 70 to 100 percent in the next 30 years according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This is as […]

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Cabiao marsh land farmers fast expanding hybrid rice area to 100 hectares from only 30 hectares

A farmers’ group is fast expanding its hybrid rice area to 100 hectares from only 30 hectares after experiencing a yield that gives them a two-cropping’s harvest from a swamp land that only allows once-a-year planting. Farmers at the marsh land of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija are only able to plant rice during the dry season, […]

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Mass propagating the ‘Doñas’ through Kulob system

The Philippine Mussaenda or collectively known as Doñas which were named after the First Ladies of the Philippines, are considered one of the most significant contributions of the Philippines to the ornamental industry which have been gaining recognition here and abroad. Instead of petals, which most of the common flowers are distinguished for, Doñas are […]

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Coconut Production Guide

The coconut industry in the Philippines plays a key role in shaping national development. It is among the top ten export produce of the country as exhibited by the good export performance of both traditional and non-traditional coconut products. About one third of the country’s arable agricultural land or 3.26 million hectares is planted to […]

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Calamansi Production Guide

Prized for its fruit and ornamental value, the calamansi (Citrofortunella microcarpa) is one of the most important citrus species in the Philippines. Its potential lies in its varied uses. Once familiarity of the fruit is established in other countries, the scope for increasing export and production is large. Description The calamansi tree is evergreen and […]

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Avocado Production Guide

Avocado (Persea americana Mill.) is considered one of the most nutritious fruits in the world. In the Philippines, however, it has not attained the popularity enjoyed by other fruits despite its early introduction in 1890. One reason for this is that it lacks that sweetness of such popular fruits as mango, banana and pineapple. To […]

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