AgriBusiness Archive

Rambutan: The exotic fruit of Southeast Asia

Maybe the majority of us Filipinos have seen this red hairy fruit . Indeed, the fruit’s name is derived from the Malay word “rambut” meaning hairy. It is usually eaten raw and has a distinct taste and texture. Although rambutan is categorized as an underutilized fruit, it is considered as one of the promising commercial [&hellip

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Local Researchers Develop High-yielding, Disease-free Abaca Hybrids

Pacol, a wild variety of banana and a close relative of saging na saba, was used to create a disease-free breed of abaca. In a project dubbed “Production of High Yielding and Virus-resistant Abaca Hybrids”, experts were able to do this by using molecular markers in a biotechnology process called genetic engineering. This collaborative project [&hellip

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Weight Watching with Virgin Coconut Oil, Anyone?

Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is sweeping the health industry as a versatile health and nutritional product. Termed as “Mother of all oils,” VCO is a treasure trove of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, making it an excellent nutraceutical. As a natural oil extract from coconut, VCO is a powerful fat burning food. According to a paper [&hellip

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Makapuno industry: A goldmine overlooked

Here’s the good news for coconut growers: the domestic market needs 4 million kg of the highly-priced makapuno meat annually. The sad fact is, less than 3% of that demand is being met. This reality is a gaping hole in a scenario where economic opportunity is elusive. What are we doing to address this problem? [&hellip

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Patola (Luffa Gourd) Production Guide

Ridged gourd or angled Luffa gourd (Luffa acutangula) and smooth gourd (Luffa cylindrica) are commonly called patola among the Tagalogs and locally known as kabatiti among the Ilocanos and Ibanags. A tropical member of the Cucurbitaceae, the patola plant is an annual vine with tendrils and large, cylindrical fruits that are edible when young. Most [&hellip

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Growing Orchids for Business

Orchids Production Guide Introduction The Orchid Family – The Family Orchidaceae consists of about 20,000 to 35,000 species distributed in 800 genera which constitutes 10% of all flowering plants. Approximately more than 1,000 hybrids and cultivated forms are continuously produced per year. Many endemic species are found in the Philippines. There are about 130 genera [&hellip

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International Labor Org’s agri skills competency standards pushed in Ph, ASEAN as Filipino farmers’ average age reach 57

The Philippines is urged to adopt an International Labor Organization’s (ILO) model for skills competency standard in agriculture so as to raise the dwindling number of farmers– threatening food security as average Filipino farmers age is at 57 years old. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has proposed [&hellip

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Farmers in big rice producing provinces to receive P1,200 per 20-kilo hybrid rice seed discount this rainy season

Farmers in big rice provinces Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan will enjoy a P300 per five-kilo (P1,200 for 20 kilos) hybrid rice seed aid this rainy season which should enable them to help boost Philippines’ 2013 rice production. Philippines’ pioneer hybrid rice seed producer SL Agritech Corp. (SLAC) is extending the aid in the form of [&hellip

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‘Worm compost’ eases El Niño effect on rice seed production

Despite the El Niño, his lowland rice crops still reached harvesting stage with more filled grains and more seeds per panicle. Bernardo Calilung, Magsasaka Siyentista of Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center in Tarlac City, proved that the combined application of vermicompost and vermitea can improve soil condition and agronomic performance of selected rice [&hellip

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How to Grow Ampalaya (Bitter Gourd) For Business

Bitter gourd, which is known in the Philippines as ampalaya, is an annual plant that is native in this country. It is botanically known as Momordica charantia L. It can be grown anytime of the year for its edible shoots and fruits and offers a good supply of vitamins and minerals. The fruit contains the [&hellip

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