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Agrilink 2014 just around the corner

The 2014 edition of Agrilink trade show is sooner than you think. It is just about a month away. Make sure to remember the date. It will be held on October 9 to 11 at the World Trade Center at the corner of Puyat Avenue and Macapagal Blvd. in Pasay City.

This time, let’s take a peek at what some of the regular exhibitors will offer at the expo. We will start with the suppliers of high-value crops that include vegetables, melons, papayas and others.

  • AGRILINK BESTSELLER

  • ALLIED BOTANICAL

  • BRAZILIAN CACO

  • EAST-WEST

  • SWEET KAMIAS

  • AGRILINK BESTSELLER – Paraoakan, the native chicken from Palawan, has been a bestseller for Ernesto Abalos at the Agrilink in the previous two years. In the 2014 edition, expect Abalos to showcase more of his favorite native fowl. He has been preparing a white-feathered Paraoakan for this year’s exhibition. Of course, he will also display the black and red Paraoakans. This Palawan native is considered as the biggest native Philippine chicken. Gamefowl aficionados also use the breed to cross with other gamefowls to produce possible champions.
  • ALLIED BOTANICAL, AN AGRILINK REGULAR – One of the loyal exhibitors at the Agrilink trade show is Allied Botanical Corporation which boasts a wide array of leafy and fruiting vegetables as well as other high-value crops like sweet corn, sorghum, melons and watermelon. Here, Dorry Fadriquela of Allied poses with an array of vegetable harvests that include peppers, patola, cucumber, sitao, ampalaya, upo, cauliflower and others. They also offer seeds of white and red onions.
  • BRAZILIAN CACO FOR AGRILINK 2014 – Seedlings of the Red Criollo cacao from Brazil are being readied for Agrilink 2014 by a nursery in Teresa, Rizal. This is an ever-bearing variety with red fruits. Seedling trees start bearing fruit as early as 18 months from planting and will continue producing fruits as long as the tree is adequately fertilized with both organic and chemical fertilizer. Better still if the leaves are also sprayed with the Power Grower Combo and Heavy Weight Tandem formulated by Alfonso G. Puyat.
  • EAST-WEST SEEDLINGS – Every time Agrilink trade show is staged, East-West Seed Company is always making its farm-ready seedlings available to the trade show visitors. Expect the company to make available its ready-to-plant seedlings in Agrilink 2014 which will be held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City from October 9 to 11. At left is Gerry Domingo showing East-West seedlings to two garden enthusiasts. Most of the vegetables are of the ‘pinakbet’ type.
  • SWEET KAMIAS FOR AGRILINK 2014 – A nursery in Teresa, Rizal, will also make available planting materials of the sweet kamias which was available in limited numbers last year. This year, the supply will be more to meet the requirements of hobbyists and commercial growers alike. This cultivar may not be suited for the usual sinigang but it is excellent for using in salads. The sweet kamias is prolific and bears fruit two or more times in one year.

ALLIED BOTANICAL has always offered a wide variety of vegetables, many of them the salad type that consists of several varieties of lettuce. The company is the supplier of French beans which is an early-fruiting variety that commands as much as P250 per kilo in the market. Of course the company has also a wide variety of ‘pinakbet’ type vegetables that include its prolific Negostar sitao, dwarf sitao, Lighting eggplant, sweet and ‘panigang’ peppers, ampalaya  and many more.

Allied has other high-value crops for the lowland that include varieties of watermelon and melon, sweet corn, baby corn and sorghum. It also has flowering ornamentals.

EAST-WEST SEED—Another Agrilink regular is East-West Seed Company. Attendees can expect a lot of ready-to-plant seedlings to be made available by the company. These include seedlings of D-Max tomato, Django ‘panigang’ pepper, Emperor sweet pepper, Red Hot chili, papaya seedlings that include Red Royale, Red Lady and Cariñosa.

HARBEST AGRIBUSINESS—This offers a wide variety of agricultural needs. It has high-value crops from Known-You Seed from Taiwan, drip irrigation system from India and Israel, small farm tractors from Taiwan, plastic mulch and many more.

BOWA COMPANY—Our friend Caysing Tan is another Agrilink regular. His company is into a wide array of agricultural equipment like shredders/chippers, tractors, sprayers, ridging machine, portable rice mill, coffee pulper, corn sheller, and do-it-yourself drip irrigation system.

CAROLINA BAMBOO GARDEN —If you are looking for different varieties of bamboo, you will have to look for the stall of Mrs. Kay Jimenez who has a bamboo collection in Antipolo City. She will be making available a lot of planting materials.

ALAMINOS GOAT FARM—Rene Almeda tells us that they will be making available Oberhasli bucks at the Agrilink. Oberhasli is relatively new goat breed in the Philippines but is a very promising dairy goat. It is red-coated and is well adapted to the hot climate in the Philippines.

A top Oberhasli doe has produced as much as 4.5 liters of milk during the whole of last  March. One of its progenies has also been producing about 2.5 liters of milk in its first lactation. This is considered high for a goat in its first lactation.

THE REAL ASHITABA—Adela Ang has informed us that she will be displaying and making available the real Ashitaba, the plant with many medicinal attributes, at Agrilink 2014.

We say ‘real’ because in the past few years, some enterprising sellers have been selling a plant that looks more like a gyneura rather than Ashitaba. And at a very high price, too. As much as P1,500 for a small plant in a small pot.

She will be making available seedling plants as well as seeds at very affordable prices. Then she will be having free taste of her Ashitaba tea. Recently she underwent training in making Ashitaba tea in Taiwan.

FROM OUR NURSERY—On our part, we will be showcasing planting materials of our superior exotic fruit trees. We will have Abiu from Brazil, Red Criollo cacao from Brazil, sweet kamias, different imported makopa varieties, pomegranate, variegated chico, variegated orange, seedless duhat, sweet balimbing, latexless jackfruit, longkong and duku lanzones, two varieties of Vietnam pummelo, Magallanes pummelo, lemons and limes and more. We will also make available the indigenous lagikway, a shrub whose leaves are cooked as vegetable. We will also make available Pakchong1, the super napier.