AgriBusiness Archive

Carrot Production Guide

Carrot Production Guide for Beginners Carrot (Daucus carota L.) is a biennial crop. The leaves are feather like with long petioles and they are severally divided into sections. The sheath of the petiole opens at the base. The flowers are white, small and borne in compound terminal umbels. Carrot is propagated by seeds. The thickened […

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Off-season mangosteen now possible with R&D

Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), a tropical fruit known for its white, juicy flesh and dark purple rind, is usually in season from August to September only. But with the off-season mangosteen production and management technology developed by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) 11, the tropical fruit can now be enjoyed year-round. Funded by the […

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Sweet reap from coco sugar

People are becoming more conscious in using food products that are not only healthy but are also natural and organic. This is the reason why the demand for coconut sugar has been on a steady rise since it was first introduced to the public’s eye. The advantage of coco sugar is its low Glycemic Index […

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Comeback of the jute sack

In the context of sustainable agriculture, society should be able to meet both food and textile needs without compromising the future generations to do the same. While sustainable farming practices is relevant, it is also important to pay attention to the materials that we use to package agricultural products. With the introduction of synthetic polypropylene […

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Successful distribution of Bt corn leads Philippines to corn export of potentially 50,000-100,000 MT to South Korea, Malaysia

The successful distribution of the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) corn has beefed up Philippines’ corn production leading to a potential export of 50,000 to 100,000 metric tons (MT) of grains possibly to South Korea and Malaysia. The country has so far exported 467 MT of corn silage this year to South Korea. Ploughshares Inc. exported to […

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Vermicompost boosts organic mangosteen fruit production

Inorganic fertilizer application can be substituted with vermicast or vermin worm manure without affecting the productivity of mangosteen. This, Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Ruth M. Martinez found out in her Science and Technology-based Farm (STBF) project on mangosteen production at her farm in Brgy. Muan-an in Kidapawan City. At a technology field day held at her […

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Automatic Weather Station installed in Pampanga to boost sugarcane irrigation, raise yield

An automatic weather station (AWS)  has been installed at the Luzon Agricultural Research and Extension Center (LAREC) in Floridablanca, Pampanga as part of boosting irrigation and raising sugarcane yield to 75 metric tons (MT) per hectare.  The Water Resources Management Center (WRMC) of the Central Luzon State University (CLSU) has developed an Optimum Irrigation Scheduling […

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Sweet Pepper Production

One of the many ingredients for recipes during Christmas season is the Bell pepper (Capsicum annuum L.), also known as ‘sweet pepper’, ‘kampana’ or ‘lara’ is grown for its fruits, which usually comes in various colors such as red, green, yellow, brown, and orange. Production 1. requires cool weather for best fruit quality 2. in […

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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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