AgriBusiness Archive

A Golden Future for the Golden Fruit

The Philippines ranks 12th among the top producers of mango in the world, with 2% share in production (FAO, 2012). It is also the third most important fruit crop based on export volume in the Philippines, next to banana and pineapple.  It has very high potential as fresh or processed export product to other untapped [&hellip

Read More…

Coconut Sap Sugar Production

A module titled “Profitability Analysis: Coconut Sap Sugar Production,” published by PCARRD explains the process of producing coconut sap sugar. The module was based on information adopted by PCARRD from the Philippine Coconut Authority. The production process is ideal in the farm level and can produce a high-value product from the sap of the coconut [&hellip

Read More…

The battle against Brontispa continues

The enemy creeps in silently, attacking unopened young fronds. As the spear unfurls, it moves on to its next victim. Brontispa longissima (Gestro) or coconut leaf beetle entered into the Philippines through the shipments of ornamentals. With the palms as its point of interest, the insect chews leaflets causing the young leaves to appear scorched [&hellip

Read More…

Vermi technologies increase rice yield

Using vermicompost and vermitea increases rice yield and generates higher income, according to Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Rene Sebastian in a recent technology field day and forum held in this town. MS Sebastian attributed these positive results to his application of science and technology (S&T)-based interventions in his farm in Barangay Sto. Cristo. Sebastian also reported [&hellip

Read More…

Adlay: A healthy, versatile food ingredient

Standing tall in the wild, adlay (Coix lacryma-jobi L.) can be easily overlooked due to its grass-like appearance that blends well with the other wild plants. But unlike weeds, the stem of adlay could grow from 1 to 3 meters tall (from 3 to nearly 10 feet). It bears tear-like shape grains which become the [&hellip

Read More…

P6 million Bicol upland rice organic farming capitalizes on rice drought tolerance, on Bicol’s having been a major upland rice producer

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is carrying out a P6 million upland rice organic farming in Bicol which capitalizes on native varieties’ drought tolerance. It also aims to boost Bicol’s contribution to national rice production as Bicol once accounted for a hefty 20 percent of Philippine rice output. Bicol’s upland rice is being developed for [&hellip

Read More…

Paratungon: An underutilized fruit with great economic potential

People tend to put premium on good looks. However, some of the most hard-featured looking fruits happened to be the most appetizing, if not the tastiest. For fruits, those that look good on the outside are usually given the first bite while those that are not are often overlooked. What’s more an ugly-looking, even utterly [&hellip

Read More…

Why eating adlai is good for you?

Standing tall in the wild, adlai (Coix lacryma-jobi L.) can be easily overlooked due to its grass-like appearance that blends well with the other wild plants. But unlike weeds, the stem of adlai could grow from 1 to 3 meters tall (from 3 to nearly 10 feet). It bears tear-like shape grains which become the [&hellip

Read More…

Bamboo as a Money-making Industry

Can bamboo be the next money-earning and environment-friendly industry in Davao City? City Agriculturist Leonardo Avila III was confident that the city has another winning industry in its hands if it is able to maximize the economic potentials of bamboo, the same way China did with its approximately USD20 billion bamboo industry. The country’s bamboo-based [&hellip

Read More…

Makapuno Embryo Culture Technology: Utilization for Accelerated Makapuno Production

The Makapuno embryo culture technology was developed by the late Dr. Emerita V. de Guzman of UP Los Baños in the 1960’s. The technology was initially aimed at rescuing the Makapuno embryos which do not germinate in situ due to abnormality of the endosperm. Upon the initiative of Ms. Erlinda P. Rillo, Chief of the the Tissue Culture Division [&hellip

Read More…