AgriBusiness Archive

Ethrel: Ripens Bananas and Tomatoes

Fruits must be picked when immature because they will not ripen naturally. However, there are instances when this is inevitable, such as during a storm or unavoidable circumstances. Researchers were conducted at UP Los Baños have shown that immature fruits can somehow be made to ripen with the aid of a chemical, ETHREL. Procedure: Bananas […]

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Soybean Production Guide

Soybean is an important crop because of its high nutritional qualities. Soybean has a high protein content of 40% by weight, 32% carbohydrate, 20% fat, 5% minerals and 3% fiber, and other trace substances. It is used as sources of protein in human food such as soymilk and tofu or soybean curd (taho and tokwa), […]

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A natural way to control tomato and eggplant disease

A Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) study has found a potential natural pesticide to control tomato black leaf mold (TBLM) and eggplant fruit rot (EFR).  These two major fungal diseases cause dramatic yield losses in tomato and eggplant. Eggplant fruit rot is caused by Phomopsis vexans while tomato black leaf mold is caused by Pseudocercospora […]

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Market research for adlay underway

Initiatives on market research for adlay are now being undertaken. Following a series of national reviews and planning workshops conducted in view of the Adlay R&D Program that pushes for the commodity’s market development, the program is now focusing on the marketing aspect. While a lot of research and development efforts on adlay have already […]

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Cassava Production Guide

Cassava can be a long term plant, from six months to two years depending upon the use it is intended for. Although this grows anywhere that the soil is loose and not water logging, and rich, farmers do not care much for it. Many are still unaware that besides being second to rice among crops, […]

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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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Farmer profits from shifting to adlay farming

Every progress requires risk. And only those who risk going far are able to know how far they can possibly go. This saying works well for Conchita A. Banguiyao, 48, corn farmer from Maddela, Quirino, when she decided to go into adlay farming even with the limited knowledge on the crop. “I never heard of […]

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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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Research to improve fruit size, fiber quality of Red Spanish pineapple underway

The Red Spanish Pineapple is one of the four varieties of pineapple that are being grown in the Philippines, along with Smooth Cayenne or Hawaiian, Queen or Formosa, and Cabezona. But due to the fibrous, sweet and course taste of its fruit, the Red Spanish Pineapple is mainly grown for its fiber. Compared to the […]

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Understanding the soybean

There is more to the soybean than just the simple bean we know. Soybean was a wild plant growing from five to six feet tall with large physical structure and few seeds and primarily used as forage crop. It was the Chinese that domesticated it. Called “Wu Ku” in ancient China, soybean was considered as […]

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Garlic Production Guide

Garlic (Allium stivum L.) or bawang is a perennial herb of the Amaryllidaceae family. The plant produces bulb which is surrounded by sheaths and composed of thin-shelled bulblets, cloves, or set, all of which are capable of forming a new plant. The bulblet in fresh or in processed form has been used as food, condiment, […]

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ADLAI: A never heard of crop that resembles, tastes like rice

While many of us have not even heard of adlai, this tall-grain bearing tropical plant from Poaceae (grass family), the same family to which wheat, corn, and rice belong, has been abundantly growing in the country and is being cultivated since ancient times as staple food. In Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur, adlai is extensively cultivated […]

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