AgriBusiness Archive

Underwater Germination of Rice Seeds Possible according to Study

Poor to zero germination of sown seeds is one of the major problems of farmers who practice direct wet seeding during rainy season. Experts at the Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Division of PhilRice are working on a study titled Germination under water: Wanted trait for direct wet-seeded rice to solve this problem by identifying breeding [&hellip

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Coco Sugar and Its Health Benefits

Nutritious and safe for one’s health. These best describe coconut sap sugar—coconut’s latest proof of its being the “tree of life.” Coco sugar is derived from coconut sap or toddy, locally known as “tuba”. When freshly gathered, coconut tree sap is oyster white in color and is inherently sweet. The sap contains 12–18% sugar in [&hellip

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Bringing back the lost value of ferns

Reintroducing underutilized crops to the Filipino consumers is one of the strategies that the Department of Agriculture (DA) has come up with to help the country achieve the goal of food security and self-sufficiency. This is a huge task but not impossible to accomplish if the government continues to forge partnerships with other organizations and [&hellip

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Ethnobotanical dewormer treat roundworms

A study showed that the use of combined formulated ethnobotanical anthelmintic, specifically 2 g/kg body weight of formulated Ipil-ipil and betel nut, was  most effective in treating roundworms of Darag native chicken. Titled “Production and distribution of ethnobotanical anthelmintics for free-range native chicken”, the study was conducted by researchers of the Capiz State University (CapSU). [&hellip

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Knowing the potentials,limitations of organic produce and farming

In the recent years, organic produce has been gaining attention from the public for its nutritional benefits and being pesticide-free. However, the public must also realize that organic produce has its own set of potentials and limitations. While it is important to know the benefits of consuming organic produce, it is also equally important to [&hellip

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Lubeg: Indigenous Fruit, Now Apayao’s Pride

This is the usual scenario of most indigenous fruit trees. They abound in a particular area but they remain underutilized not because they have no value but most people do not know their uses. Their potentials are not yet explored and therefore they remain ignored and unappreciated. A tree teeming with fruits. But that all [&hellip

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BAR looks into the potentials of batuan and sampalok

There is more to batuan (Garcinia binucao) and sampalok (Tamarindus indica) than just souring agents to our favorite dishes. With the instruction from Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) led by Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar is now looking into the possible interventions to tap the potentials of these plants specifically [&hellip

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Banana peduncle turns into valuable products

Initially underutilized and left to waste, the banana peduncle is now considered as an agricultural innovation with various potentials that can significantly improve farming, health, and income. “Fiber and juice are the main components of banana peduncle. Various products were developed from this lowly material using readily available equipment and simple technologies. Instead of being [&hellip

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Bromeliads: the exotic plant

In Sam Chism’s personal reflection on bromeliads, he said, bromeliads are one of the best kept secrets in the plant world. They are diverse, fascinating, and relatively easy to grow. Bromeliads are tropical plants native to the Americas. Its fleshy leaves form a funnel that holds water. They look quite different from traditional plants that [&hellip

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Pest management strategies for organic strawberry and citrus

The agro-climatic condition of a place is often associated with a particular fruit that is abundantly growing in that locality. For instance, the mere mention of the Cordilleras, with its highlands and cold weather, the first few things that immediately come into mind are strawberries and citrus. “Fruit production is presently one of the major [&hellip

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