AgriBusiness Archive

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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WHO affirms GM foods passed Codex food safety tests; breeders urged CA to review decision stopping Bt eggplant trial

The World Health Organization (WHO) has affirmed that genetically modified (GM) foods in the market have passed Codex food safety assessments and have not had records of adverse effect on human health. Plant breeding experts at the Philippines’ premiere plant breeding agency, Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB), have asserted the global position of highly-respected institutions [&hellip

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Rice straw maintains soil fertility

By adding rice straw to the soil before planting the next crop, you can return nutrients to the soil, make the soil fertile and in the long run, cut down on fertilizers and improve the yield of your rice farm. It is estimated that five years of adding rice straw to the soil, 25 pounds [&hellip

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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. Photo by dinesh_valke Technical Description Mungbean (Vigna radiata Wilczek), commonly [&hellip

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Cacao genes improvement to speed up development of the country’s chocolate industry

Cacao’s genes and physical characteristics are being looked into in a study by applying the latest technology in functional genomics in a bid to improve the country’s cacao industry. Photo by leosfarm.com Funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), the [&hellip

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Oil Palm Farming

Why Oil Palm is Easy and Profitable to Plant By: Pablito P. Pamplona, PH. D. Recently, many farmers asked me what is the best crop to plant. With my experience as a farmer and agricultural technician and consultant, my first choice is oil palm, and I suggest that small landholders with only 3 to 5 [&hellip

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Study examines genetic diversity of Arakan Valley’s indigenous upland rice

Rice is and will always remain as one of the most important staple foods among Filipinos. For most of us, it is the one thing that satisfies and completes our every meal. However, the agriculture sector is continually faced by challenges brought about by factors that hinder rice production. These include the inevitable occurrence and [&hellip

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