AgriBusiness Archive

The ‘starfruit’ for all seasons

Balimbing is a popular expression among Filipinos meaning turncoat or double-faced. This term is commonly used when talking of someone who cannot be trusted. In the field of politics, it is often associated with betrayal where a person would take the side of the candidate from which he or she can obtain maximum benefits. Getting [&hellip

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Banana and cacao complement coconut productivity

Banana and cacao have something in common – they grow best when under shade. Thus, simultaneously growing these crops between coconut trees offer an alternative source of food and income for coconut farmers. In Quezon Province, PCARRD’s Techno Gabay Program supports two concurrent Science and Technology-based Farm (STBF) projects on banana-coconut and cacao-coconut. A group [&hellip

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That voracious pest called coconut scale insect

Brontispa, one of the most damaging pests of coconut and other palms, has apparently found another equally notorious match — the dreaded coconut scale insect (CSI) or scientifically named as Aspidiotus sp. Signoret. Equipped with specialized mouthparts for sucking, this small yet terribly voracious pest feeds on sap directly from the tree’s vascular system. CSI’s [&hellip

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Growing Oyster Mushroom on Grasses Substrate

Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.) are normally grown either on softwood sawdust or on composted rice straw. The technology described in this leaflet uses three grasses: Flute reed (Phragmites karka), wild cane (Saccharum spontaneum L.) and tiger grass (Thysanolaena latifolia). All three grasses are abundant throughout Thailand, especially along the sides of roads. Making the Compost [&hellip

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Improving Hybrid Yellow Corn Production through SSNM

Corn is considered as the second most important crop after rice in the Philippines. A versatile crop, it finds use as human food, animal feed, and raw material for production and processing. About 14 million Filipinos prefer white corn as their main staple while yellow corn accounts for about 50 percent of livestock mixed feed. [&hellip

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Protein-enriched aquaculture feed from sweet potato push

Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) locally known as kamote, is an important food crop. In some areas of the Philippines, it is a staple particularly among marginalized families in provinces, as they are easy to cultivate and relatively cost less than a kilo of rice. One of the problems facing the aquaculture industry today is the [&hellip

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Ubi (Purple Yam) Production Guide

UBI (Dioscorea alata L.) or water yam is a vine which produces both aerial tubers called bulbils and underground tubers or roots. The bulbils, weighing a few grams to over a kilogram, come out of the leaf axiles three (3) months after planting. On the other hand, the underground tuber, weighing from one (1) kilogram [&hellip

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BAR intensifies support to yellow onion, soon to export in Japan

The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), under the leadership of Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar supports the funding of a research initiative on yellow onion (Allium cepa) in the country. The project will be implemented by the National Onion Growers Cooperative Marketing Association, Inc. (NOGROCOMA). Given this opportunity, the Philippines is already set to re-open its [&hellip

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How to Make Money in Medicinal Plant Farming

Financial Viability of Medicinal Plant Farming The integration of medicinal plant as a crop in agroforestry is a relatively new approach that is beneficial to the local people, whether they are lowland or upland farmers or most especially, the indigenous people. The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Environment and Natural [&hellip

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Cashing in with the ‘lucky bamboo’

There’s more than just luck or feng shui when you own a lucky bamboo. A popular gift for almost any occasion, Lucky bamboo is selling like hotcakes in the market. Lucky bamboo is a very popular gift for all occasions. It is basically grown in water in a decorative glass container with colored stones or [&hellip

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