AgriBusiness Archive

Bamboo: Today’s alternative to timber

Bending towards farmers’ success. The Philippines is fortunate to have bamboo growing abundantly almost everywhere. While this plant is available outright in every community, science and technology can further enhance the growth performance and ensure the sustainability of supply of this material, which is aptly considered as timber alternative. The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic [&hellip

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Sprouts : Health Boosting, Quick, And Easy-To-Grow Veggies

It’s a relatively cheap, highly palatable food crop that can be easily grown in very limited space any time of the year in any weather without soil, sunlight, fertilizer, or pesticide. It’s harvestable in only three to seven days, and contains abundant quantities of natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and protein. No, it’s not a fantasy [&hellip

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Cassava foliage supplementation increases milk production

Cassava (Manihot esculenta) has a positive effect on milk yield, researches show. Through the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development’s Science and Technology-based Farm Project (STBF), the value of cassava feed supplement in increasing milk production in dairy cows as well as the potential of cassava production as a livelihood [&hellip

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Feed security for the local livestock and aqua industries

Corn is the second largest planted crop next to rice, of which 66% is yellow corn (YC). Around 90% of YC is used as feeds for livestock and poultry. It accounts for 50-60% of a typical mixed feed. The YC is one of the indispensable inputs to swine and poultry production providing livelihood to around [&hellip

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A fresh look at siling labuyo

Siling labuyo (Capsicum frutescens) has the potential to reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, cataract, and macular degeneration. This was stressed by Dr. Evelyn B. Rodriguez, professor from the Institute of Chemistry at the University of the Los Baños (UPLB) in a seminar on indigenous plants for health and wellness at the Bureau of [&hellip

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Harvesting success from seaweeds

With seaweeds’ wide range of uses from food and fertilizer to cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, seaweed farming has rapidly grown into an industry that offers sustainable income and employment to fishers. The Philippines, one of the world’s biggest producers of the semi-processed seaweed product called Carageenan, cites seaweeds as its top aquaculture commodity, followed by [&hellip

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Mango picking made easy

The University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao has recently developed a handy mango picker to improve the harvesting process.  The mango picker consists of two simple and easy-to-use pickers? one with a triggering device and another without. The unit with a triggering device has a ring diameter of 20 centimeters. It weighs 848 grams and [&hellip

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Sago Starch a Viable Alternative to Wheat Starch

DOST-TRC to Explore Cheaper Flour Substitute From Sago After a new round of oil price increases, news of cheaper pandesal from locally abundant flour alternative is a welcome respite. This was the report of Dennis Cunanan, Director General of the DOST’s Technology Resource Center, after conferring with the officials of DOST Region XI, DOST’s PCIERRD [&hellip

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All-women group in Quezon sees potential of kamias

An all-women group dubbed as Kilos Unlad ng Mamayan ng Real (KUMARE), Inc. has seen the great potential of kamias (Averrhoa bilimbi Linn.) by turning this underutilized crop as additional source of income. Based in Real, Quezon, KUMARE is now commercializing kamias commonly known as bilimbi, cucumber tree, or tree sorrel, which are growing abundantly [&hellip

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Control of Insect Pests on Citrus with Mineral Oil Sprays

Control of Pests by Mineral Oil Mineral oils sprayed onto citrus trees can control a wide range of pests, including mites, aphids, psyllids, leafminers and scale. The control effect of the oil is mainly by suffocation, when the oil moves into the spiracles (breathing holes) of the insects. Recently, it has been shown that the [&hellip

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