AgriBusiness Archive

Promoting the less-known, phytochemical-rich Pinoy fruits

Most young people nowadays are familiar with apples, grapes, plums, peaches, cherries, or pears. These are fruits that the Philippines imports from other countries because they only grow in cold climates. Meanwhile, indigenous fruits like anang, sapote, yambo, sapinit, katmon, kalumpit, lipote, binukaw, or paratungon are often given the boggled look and are being overlooked, [&hellip

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Abaca integration to be implemented in typhoon damaged Leyte-Samar as Philippines gains global competitiveness through Rainforest Alliance certification

An abaca integration project is hoped to be replicated in typhoon-damaged Leyte-Samar as Philippine abaca enhances its global competitive edge from its Rainforest Alliance certification. A project that combines farming of abaca with other crops like coconut, “Abakayamanan” is envisioned to help farmers in typhoon-stricken provinces to bounce back through this technology. The Abaca integration [&hellip

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Watermelon Production Guide

Watermelon, commonly known as “pakwan” in Tagalog, is probably native to Africa. It is mainly eaten as dessert fruit. The rind is made into preserves and pickles; the seeds are processed into butong pakwan. In 1982-83, the area planted to watermelon was 15,410 hectares with a total production of 75, 650 metric tons of fruits; [&hellip

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Rambutan: The exotic fruit of Southeast Asia

Maybe the majority of us Filipinos have seen this red hairy fruit . Indeed, the fruit’s name is derived from the Malay word “rambut” meaning hairy. It is usually eaten raw and has a distinct taste and texture. Although rambutan is categorized as an underutilized fruit, it is considered as one of the promising commercial [&hellip

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Local Researchers Develop High-yielding, Disease-free Abaca Hybrids

Pacol, a wild variety of banana and a close relative of saging na saba, was used to create a disease-free breed of abaca. In a project dubbed “Production of High Yielding and Virus-resistant Abaca Hybrids”, experts were able to do this by using molecular markers in a biotechnology process called genetic engineering. This collaborative project [&hellip

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Weight Watching with Virgin Coconut Oil, Anyone?

Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is sweeping the health industry as a versatile health and nutritional product. Termed as “Mother of all oils,” VCO is a treasure trove of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, making it an excellent nutraceutical. The Virgin Coconut Oil As a natural oil extract from coconut, VCO is a powerful fat burning food. [&hellip

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Makapuno industry: A goldmine overlooked

Here’s the good news for coconut growers: the domestic market needs 4 million kg of the highly-priced makapuno meat annually. The sad fact is, less than 3% of that demand is being met. This reality is a gaping hole in a scenario where economic opportunity is elusive. What are we doing to address this problem? [&hellip

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Patola (Luffa Gourd) Production Guide

Ridged gourd or angled Luffa gourd (Luffa acutangula) and smooth gourd (Luffa cylindrica) are commonly called patola among the Tagalogs and locally known as kabatiti among the Ilocanos and Ibanags. A tropical member of the Cucurbitaceae, the patola plant is an annual vine with tendrils and large, cylindrical fruits that are edible when young. Most [&hellip

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Growing Orchids for Business

Orchids Production Guide Introduction The Orchid Family – The Family Orchidaceae consists of about 20,000 to 35,000 species distributed in 800 genera which constitutes 10% of all flowering plants. Approximately more than 1,000 hybrids and cultivated forms are continuously produced per year. Many endemic species are found in the Philippines. There are about 130 genera [&hellip

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International Labor Org’s agri skills competency standards pushed in Ph, ASEAN as Filipino farmers’ average age reach 57

The Philippines is urged to adopt an International Labor Organization’s (ILO) model for skills competency standard in agriculture so as to raise the dwindling number of farmers– threatening food security as average Filipino farmers age is at 57 years old. The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has proposed [&hellip

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