AgriBusiness Archive

More GM products with nutrition enhancement and medical uses to be potentially released extensively in the market up to 2017

More genetically modified (GM) products with nutrition enhancement and medical uses will potentially be released in the market up to 2017 including vaccines and enzyme-rich corn that results in environment-friendly hog raising. The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) is optimistic there will be more GM or biotechnology products that will have […

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Microorganism offers hope of raising tree survival in reforestation

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ERDB-DENR) had developed a promising plant microorganism that can help trees to survive hostile soil conditions. According to Dr. Henry A. Adornado, ERDB acting director, this plant organism called mycorrhiza is known to benefit plants by making sure that plants and […

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Sweet sorghum feeds eyed as cheap alternative to corn feed, to raise farmer net income from broiler

State-run Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) has started partnering with the private sector in a pilot use of sweet sorghum which can potentially lower feed cost to P20.49 per kilo and raise net income to P18.49 per kilo of chicken live weight. The development of sweet sorghum grains as complementary to corn grains as feed raw […

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DA eyes Southern Leyte seaweed project to give jobs to skilled natives, eradicate poverty in coastal areas

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is eyeing to boost seaweed production in Southern Leyte to maximize seaweed’s niche to give jobs to highly-skilled seaweed growers and eradicate poverty in potential coastal areas. The project should harness the already existing Philippine asset as a producer of United States-Food and Drug Administration-approved Philippine Natural Grade (PNG) carrageenan, […

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CPAR boosts Atis production in Lobo

Lobo, Batangas has over 500 hectares of farmland planted with sweet sugar apple trees. The tree’s fruit, popularly known as “Atis”, is tended by over a thousand farmers. It’s no wonder why Lobo has been declared through Resolution No. 2011-61 as the “Atis Capital of the Philippines” in September 2011. Despite this recognition, Lobo started […

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Amaranth / Kulitis Production Guide

Amaranth / Kulitis I.Scientific Name: Amaranthus tricolor L; A. viridis L.; A. dubius C. Martius; A. cruentus L. II. Common Names/Local Names: Amaranth, Chinese spinach, tampala, pigweed (English) Kulitis , Uray (Tagalog) Varieties: Tiger leaf – spineless, leaf soft tender and variegated in color

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Soon to hit the market: An anti-diabetic, natural sweetener from sweet sorghum

A natural sweetener from sweet sorghum syrup will be hitting the market soon. And it comes in fine, milky-looking powder form. When asked how different the sweet sorghum sweetener is from the commercially available sweetener in the market, Mr. Antonio S. Arcangel, general manager of the Bapamin Enterprise, had no qualms in proudly stating the […

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Peanut seen as the next big thing in Cagayan Valley

Marginal corn farmers in Cagayan Valley are now considering going into peanut production with the introduction of big-seeded peanut varieties such as Asha and Namnama. The introduction of these varieties has provided an option for the farmers to shift to peanut production in frequently flooded and drought-prone corn areas. These two varieties were developed by […

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Value-added Products from Sweet Potato

Sweet potato tubers can be processed into other products and recipes to improve its added value and later could increase the profits and welfare of local farmers. The Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas L.) or kamote in Filipino, is a very important and widely grown root crop in the Philippines, only requires less maintenance as well […

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Farm tourism to enhance sustainable agricultural and rural development, agritourism bill to be signed into law

Farm tourism will open up new perspectives for inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development (ISARD) and will revitalize the farm tourism sector as a sunrise industry in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr., Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), farm or […

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50-hectare rubber expansion eyed for Oriental Mindoro community that now earns P65,000 per month

A 50-hectare rubber plantation expansion is eyed in a promising Oriental Mindoro community that now earns P65,000 per month from latex that can potentially be processed into higher-valued products. While it is not a traditional rubber area, Oriental Mindoro immediately has 50 hectares that can expand further to 400 hectares for rubber as its livelihood […

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Black Pepper Production Guide

Black Pepper – (Piper Nigrum Linn) is a viny perrenial plant producing berry-like and aromatic pungent fruits. It is locally known as “pamienta” or “paminta” which belongs to Family Piperaceae. Leaves are thick, green with ovate shape. Flowers are white and minute which produce fruits borne on short, hanging spikes 4 t0 12 cm. long. […

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