AgriBusiness Archive

Growing Breadfruit

Growing the fruit of life Breadfruit is not a popular tree but history owes something from it. The tree is first known in Jamaica in 1793, when it saved many people from starvation due to five hurricanes and severe drought that almost ruined that country. Planters of the West Indies heard of this “wonderful” tree [&hellip

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CPAR on organic vegetable results to farmer’s profit

Farming equates income, especially to a common farmer. Aside from providing food on the table, farmers cultivate the land to earn money. Sadly though, it is not always the case for our local farmers especially when it comes to organic farming. Farmers have this notion that organic farming is not as profitable compared to traditional [&hellip

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DA puts up P8 million Mushroom Technology Center in Tarlac to boost production, substitute mushroom import from Taiwan

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is putting up an P8 million Mushroom Technology Center (MTC) in Tarlac to boost mushroom production and substitute imports from Taiwan while generating P300 per kilo income to farmers. The mushroom center will enable manufacturing of value-added processed foods including mushroom tocino and longganiza and mushroom meals like siomai, burger, [&hellip

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Maize Silky Sip, a healthy twist to an unusual drink

Maize or corn silk (Maydis stigma) is a collection of fine, soft, fiber-like yellowish threads from the flower of the maize plant that is generally considered as a waste product. However, this is no longer the case for the research team from the Cagayan Valley Research Center (CVRC) of the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office [&hellip

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Improving rice planting harvesting and milling in the countryside

Rice farms in the country have low productivity not only as result of poor crop management but also because of low mechanization level. Some major activities have to be mechanized in order to improve productivity as well as reduce costs. Mechanization is needed in crop establishment, harvesting, threshing, drying, and milling. It can also increase [&hellip

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The ‘starfruit’ for all seasons

Balimbing is a popular expression among Filipinos meaning turncoat or double-faced. This term is commonly used when talking of someone who cannot be trusted. In the field of politics, it is often associated with betrayal where a person would take the side of the candidate from which he or she can obtain maximum benefits. Getting [&hellip

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Banana and cacao complement coconut productivity

Banana and cacao have something in common – they grow best when under shade. Thus, simultaneously growing these crops between coconut trees offer an alternative source of food and income for coconut farmers. In Quezon Province, PCARRD’s Techno Gabay Program supports two concurrent Science and Technology-based Farm (STBF) projects on banana-coconut and cacao-coconut. A group [&hellip

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That voracious pest called coconut scale insect

Brontispa, one of the most damaging pests of coconut and other palms, has apparently found another equally notorious match — the dreaded coconut scale insect (CSI) or scientifically named as Aspidiotus sp. Signoret. Equipped with specialized mouthparts for sucking, this small yet terribly voracious pest feeds on sap directly from the tree’s vascular system. CSI’s [&hellip

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Growing Oyster Mushroom on Grasses Substrate

Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.) are normally grown either on softwood sawdust or on composted rice straw. The technology described in this leaflet uses three grasses: Flute reed (Phragmites karka), wild cane (Saccharum spontaneum L.) and tiger grass (Thysanolaena latifolia). All three grasses are abundant throughout Thailand, especially along the sides of roads. Making the Compost [&hellip

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Improving Hybrid Yellow Corn Production through SSNM

Corn is considered as the second most important crop after rice in the Philippines. A versatile crop, it finds use as human food, animal feed, and raw material for production and processing. About 14 million Filipinos prefer white corn as their main staple while yellow corn accounts for about 50 percent of livestock mixed feed. [&hellip

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