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Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Production Guide

A native plant from Central and South America, dragon fruit (Hylocereussp ) or “pitaya” is gaining its popularity in the Philippine market. The plant is adapted to tropical or arid climates with rainfall of 30-40 inch and any kind of soil with organic matter. The fruits with red or pink, leathery skin are eaten by [&hellip

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How to Grow Roses

Rose (Rosa sp) is described as the queen of all flowers because of its beauty and form. In the Philippines, it is one of the favorite flowers because of its varied colors, fragrance, and long lasting quality. It is considered one of the world’s oldest and decorative horticultural plants. This is evident from the widespread [&hellip

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How to Grow Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus SP.) on Straw in Plastic Bags

Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus sp.) are a delicious and nourishing food, with a nutritional value similar to that of meat or fish. This technology makes full use of rice straw, a common crop residue which might otherwise have no economic value. Preparing the Straw The straw should be soaked in a container of limewater. The limewater [&hellip

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Alnus tree boosts Shiitake production

Yes, chipped branches of the  Alnus tree can be used in growing Shiitake mushrooms. This was found in a study on  “Using chipped Alnus as substrate for Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) in growing bags” conducted by Dr. Bernard S.Tad-awan, a professor  from the College of Agriculture of the Benguet State University. Alnus spp. is a common [&hellip

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Understanding the soybean

There is more to the soybean than just the simple bean we know. Soybean was a wild plant growing from five to six feet tall with large physical structure and few seeds and primarily used as forage crop. It was the Chinese that domesticated it. Called “Wu Ku” in ancient China, soybean was considered as [&hellip

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Govt awarded 30 enterprising groups that advanced nature preservation and promoted industries and jobs in bamboo, Falcata, talaba, tikog, “liyang”

The government has awarded 30 enterprising groups that successfully adopted technologies on reforestation while promoting industries and jobs in bamboo, Falcata, talaba (oysters), “tikog,” and “liyang.” The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ERDB-DENR) picked 30 top technology adopters as it celebrates its 30 years with the theme “Teknolohiyang Makakalikasan: Handog [&hellip

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Bio-organic fertilizers: cheap soil relief

An innovative, eco-friendly technology to convert sugarcane by-products into bio-organic fertilizers has been developed by scientists from the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA). Bio-organic fertilizers are promoted as cheap alternatives to restore soil fertility of poor degraded soils. Poor soils are a result of intensive agriculture, slash and burn methods, pesticides and chemicals, mining, and urbanization. [&hellip

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Wheatgrass Production Guide

Wheatgrass, the young grass of the wheat plant that is sprouted from wheat grains, is fast becoming popular in the Philippines because of its many health benefits and curative properties. It is considered as a superfood and a wonder medicine that can cure or prevent various health problems. Wheatgrass is comparable to even the most [&hellip

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Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) Production Guide

An ideal tree to grow in the city or country is moringa (Moringa oleifera). Moringa will give you food, fodder, fuelwood and shade. Its pods make a tasty, nutritious vegetable. You can eat its tender leaves and flowers too. The leaves also make excellent livestock feed. Best of all, this useful tree grows quickly and [&hellip

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Growing straw mushrooms the cheap way

Straw mushrooms (Volvariella volvacea Singer)- a type of edible tropical mushroom can be grown cheaply using rice straw or banana leaves as bedding material. Dr. Aliebusan from the National Institute of Science and Technology, National Science Development Board (NIST-NDB) recommends this method since it is cheap and easy to adopt. Straw mushrooms flourish almost simultaneously [&hellip

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