AgriBusiness Archive

Baby Corn Production Guide

Young cob corn (Zea mays L.), the newly developed corn, has been used by Chinese as vegetable for generations and this practice has spread to other Asian countries. It is used as ingredient in most food preparations. It has nutritive value similar to that of non-legume vegetable such as cauliflower, tomato, cucumber and cabbage (Yodpetch [&hellip

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Mushroom Cultivation Using Rice Straw As a Culture Media

Rice straw is abundant in most Asian countries where rice is a major crop, and can be purchased for a reasonable price. Rice straw can be used as the basic material for mushroom cultivation. Mushrooms are capable of breaking down organic material that other microorganisms cannot decompose. The common field mushroom and many other types [&hellip

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Cashew Production Guide

In the Philippines, cashew is called kasoy or balubad in Tagalog or Balogo in Ilokano. It originated from north-eastern Brazil and was brought to the Philippines in the 17th Century. At present, cashew is cultivated in many tropical countries, the main producers are Brazil, India, Mozambique and Tanzania. The cashew plant is an evergreen tree [&hellip

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Grafting effective in producing off-season tomato

Tomato is an important vegetable known for the versatility of its uses both in fresh and processed food preparations. In the Philippines, it is considered as one of the major cash crops due to the great demand in the local market. However, production of tomato during off-season (rainy months from June to October) is hampered [&hellip

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Japanese entity adopted BAR’s Edible Landscaping program that encourages households to plant organic vegetable, raise food security

A Japanese humanitarian agency has adopted Bureau of Agricultural Research’s (BAR) edible landscaping (EL) program that encourages home-based organic vegetable planting to help reduce imports, enhance the environment, and raise food security. The EL, a partnership between BAR and University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), has generated adopters including the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual, [&hellip

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Cacao Production Guide

Philippines can be a potential producer of cocoa. The climatic conditions and soil characteristics are conducive to growing cocoa. There is presently an increasing interest from local farmers because local and international demand for cocoa products is way beyond the production capacity of the country and world prices have been constantly favorable. With a positive [&hellip

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Calauag’s Saba better and healthier with vermicomposting

Calauag, a municipality located in eastern Quezon, rears an abundance of coconut that covers more than 22,000 hectares. With the predominance of coconut in town comes the rising of yet another high-value crop, saba. Aside from being the largest fruit awardee, the saba variety grown in Calauag possesses a quality that is decidedly comparable to [&hellip

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The exotic dragonfruit: A hot new fruit

Big, bright red things with interesting flaps and folds in the skin, like some kind of ornamental chinese lantern- is the dragonfruit (Hylocereus undatus). It first caught my eye at a local supermarket a week ago. I was not the only one hovering over the bizarre-looking fruits- at least four other people were smelling and [&hellip

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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, [&hellip

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Genetically modified foods: how safe are they?

The long-standing firestorm of debates, scientific discussions, and media coverage over genetically modified foods obviously revolve around a common issue – safety. It was the same issue that public and various sectors raised when the first genetically modified plant (a tomato with a delayed ripening trait) made its appearance in 1994. Since then a growing [&hellip

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