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Sweet Potato Production Guide

Sweet potato (Ipomea batatas), locally known as “kamote”, is commonly planted in flat to slightly rolling open areas. The crop is also known to be a cheap but excellent source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, carotene, calcium, and phosphorus. It is also a fair source of thiamine and iron but a poor source of riboflavin, niacin, […

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Companies pressed to tie up with ecosystems research firm on pest management-driven mangrove farming amid unsustainable practices since Yolanda

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) has pressed companies and organized groups to tie up with  ERADB on pest management-driven mangrove farming amid unsustainable mangrove planting craze since Yolanda wreaked havoc in the country in 2013. In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, Filipinos learned an important lesson – the important role  mangroves play in […

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Ifugao’s Tinawon increases production through CPAR

Preserving a taste, protecting a heritage – this is how the rice growers of Ifugao want the heirloom rice production to be recognized. Tinawon, one of the heirloom rice varieties thriving in the Cordillera region, is creating a niche market in the global world. What makes it special? Aside from being planted in a world […

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Enter the Dragon Fruit

The deep pink almost bright red skin of the dragon fruit may be a tad bit off-putting for many. From afar, the green parts of its skin may seem like thorns—surely the dragon fruit could easily be misconstrued as poisonous and inedible. However, studies from all around the globe have shown that the dragon fruit […

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How to Make IMO (Indigenous Microorganisms)

In natural farming, Indigenous Microorganism (IMO) is becoming popular among farmers. This Indigenous microorganism (IMO) has been successfully tried by government agriculturists, academic researchers, non-profit organizations and farmers alike. They have found that IMO is useful in removing bad odors from animal wastes, hastening composting, and contributing to crops’ general health. Beneficial Indigenous Microorganism (BIM) […

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Plant Growth Promoters developed from radiation-modified natural polymers

The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PNRI) has developed a plant growth promoter (PGP) from radiation-modified natural polymers such as seaweed (carrageenan) and chitosan (shells of shrimps). The effects of these PGPs are tested on rice, mungbean, and peanut. PNRI’s studies proved that PGPs are beneficial when applied to […

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Pechay Production Guide

Pechay (Brassica rapa L. cv group Pak Choi) is an erect, biennial herb, cultivated as an annual about 15-30 cm tall in vegetative stage. Ovate leaves are arranged spirally and spreading. The petioles are enlarged and grow upright forming a subcylindrical bundle. Inflorescence is a raceme with pale yellow flowers. Seeds are 1 mm in […

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Vinegar: The effective weedkiller

Vinegar is part of every household’s kitchen but did you know that this sour-tasting liquid is an effective herbicide for organic farming?This is the major finding of a study conducted by Jay Radhakrishnan, John Teasdale and Ben Coffman, researchers from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the principal scientific research agency of the US Department of […

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Avocado Production Guide

Avocado (Persea americana Mill.) is considered one of the most nutritious fruits in the world. In the Philippines, however, it has not attained the popularity enjoyed by other fruits despite its early introduction in 1890. One reason for this is that it lacks that sweetness of such popular fruits as mango, banana and pineapple. To […

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Are garlic and onion still making money?

Can you imagine not putting garlic or onion in any of your food? I imagine that soups, stews, and casseroles wouldn’t be as delectable, aromatic, and appetizing. But can you imagine if these high value crops are no longer planted in Philippine soils? There was a time when onion and garlic were produced abundantly in […

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Malunggay improves lactation in dairy cattle, increases income of farmers

Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) is not only best for lactating mothers, it is also one of the scientifically-proven forage species that improves lactation in dairy cattle. Touted by scientists as a “miracle vegetable,” malunggay has high calcium content (four times the calcium in milk) and has been promoted by the World Health Organization for the past […

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Indigenous plants: Safe alternative to artificial food color

Color plays an important role in our food preference. It can predetermine how we perceive the taste and flavor of what we’re about to eat. In fresh foods, we rely on the color to determine their level of ripeness or freshness. For processed food, it becomes a whole different topic. When food undergoes processing, it […

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