AgriBusiness Archive

WHO affirms GM foods passed Codex food safety tests; breeders urged CA to review decision stopping Bt eggplant trial

The World Health Organization (WHO) has affirmed that genetically modified (GM) foods in the market have passed Codex food safety assessments and have not had records of adverse effect on human health. Plant breeding experts at the Philippines’ premiere plant breeding agency, Institute of Plant Breeding (IPB), have asserted the global position of highly-respected institutions [&hellip

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Rice straw maintains soil fertility

By adding rice straw to the soil before planting the next crop, you can return nutrients to the soil, make the soil fertile and in the long run, cut down on fertilizers and improve the yield of your rice farm. It is estimated that five years of adding rice straw to the soil, 25 pounds [&hellip

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How to Start a Mongo Production Business

How to make big in Mongo production? Mongo production is an added income for farmers while waiting for two months to start another season of corn or rice production. The value of this production is gaining grounds as market and price are high this time. Photo by dinesh_valke Technical Description Mungbean (Vigna radiata Wilczek), commonly [&hellip

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Cacao genes improvement to speed up development of the country’s chocolate industry

Cacao’s genes and physical characteristics are being looked into in a study by applying the latest technology in functional genomics in a bid to improve the country’s cacao industry. Photo by leosfarm.com Funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), the [&hellip

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Oil Palm Farming

Why Oil Palm is Easy and Profitable to Plant By: Pablito P. Pamplona, PH. D. Recently, many farmers asked me what is the best crop to plant. With my experience as a farmer and agricultural technician and consultant, my first choice is oil palm, and I suggest that small landholders with only 3 to 5 [&hellip

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Study examines genetic diversity of Arakan Valley’s indigenous upland rice

Rice is and will always remain as one of the most important staple foods among Filipinos. For most of us, it is the one thing that satisfies and completes our every meal. However, the agriculture sector is continually faced by challenges brought about by factors that hinder rice production. These include the inevitable occurrence and [&hellip

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How to Make Soil Conditioners for Urban Gardening

Don’t you know that you can grow vegetables and herbs even if you only have a small space? With the application of soil conditioner, you can grow healthy vegetables and herbs in small plots or in plastic containers and enjoy a bountiful harvest at a minimal cost. This is true to Nilo F. Estrella who [&hellip

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Sweet sorghum planter Bapamin eyes to produce popular American snack granola bar using nutritious sweet sorghum grains

Sweet sorghum planter Bapamin Enterprises eyes to produce popular American snack granola bar using nutritious sweet sorghum grains possibly under a Department of Agriculture (DA) technology incubation program. A snack bar that traditionally uses temperate-growing oats, the granola bar planned to be produced by Bapamin will use sweet sorghum grains that are already locally available. [&hellip

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How to Grow Gabi

Gabi is one of the major rootcrops grown throughout the country. It can be grown almost anywhere, upland or lowland. Land preparation and planting: 1. Plow the field twice to loosen the soil. 2. Harrow the field in a criss-cross manner to break the soil clods. 3. Make furrows at a distance of 75 cm. [&hellip

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Swedish agency rules its funding should never be used for illegal activities like the destruction of Golden Rice plants on field trial in Camarines Sur

The Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has ruled that its funding should never be used for “criminal activities” amid admission of Filipino entity Masipag that it supports the destruction of Golden Rice plants on field trial in Camarines Sur. Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström said SIDA’s foreign aid has long been contributing to [&hellip

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