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Garden people you’d love to meet in Davao

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to cover the Kadayawan Farm and Agri-trade Fair in Davao City which is actually a garden show where horticultural exhibits are staged and where commercial as well as hobby gardeners sell their products. The show is ongoing and will end on August 31. The ornamental horticulture industry is very much alive in Davao City and beyond. At the garden show no less than 400 gardeners and traders are offering their goods to the public. These include a lot of orchids, all kinds of flowering and foliage ornamental plants as well garden supplies. At the garden show, we saw a lot of interesting plants, some very rare for the plant collectors while others are the favorite varieties for landscaping in homes and big commercial projects. If …

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Agri-bazaar is for budding entrepreneurs

The Agri-bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City is becoming a favorite venue for young, budding entrepreneurs in launching their products. Just like members of Samahan ng mga Rizaleño sa Sektor ng Agrikultura at Pagkain (SARAP) that include young professionals. Last August 18-20, they got a big space for the members to showcase their products at the Agri-Bazaar. Mona Borromeo who took up business management in college is a young mother who put up Hot Mama with literally hot products. She specializes in hot chili sauce, chili powder and chili vinegar. She takes pride in the fact that her sauce was a prize winner in a previous competition in a chili festival organized by ChilliHeads Philippines. Her business is only three years old but she says she is doing …

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Agrilink awaits you

Whether you are an ordinary farmer, an agribusiness operator, hobbyist, inputs supplier, trader, academic or just an ordinary consumer, you should visit the 2016 edition of Agrilink. This is the country’s biggest agricultural expo which will be held on Oct. 6 to 8 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. By attending the trade fair, you could pick up a lot of ideas that you can convert into profitable business projects. Say you can buy a dozen pullets and a couple of roosters of the Paraoakan chicken. That can launch your own native chicken business in your own province. Native chickens can multiply fast and you can make money by selling the native eggs, six-month old pullets or cocks for meat, or you can sell them as breeders. Native chickens …

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Urban Agriculture Expo slated on September 17-18

The third Urban Agriculture Expo will be staged on September 17-18 at the Market Marke Central Plaza in Taguig City. The two-day event is a project of the Manila Bulletin and Agriculture Magazine to familiarize urban dwellers about many food production projects that they can undertake right in their homes. Different ways of growing vegetables will be showcased by seed companies as well as  hobbyists and commercial growers. The new varieties that are highly productive will be made available by seed companies like Allied Botanical Corporation, East-West Seed Company and others. Visitors will be able to see the vegetable starter kit developed by Ramgo intended for teaching school children how to start propagating vegetables. Each kit includes a biodegradable pot, potting medium, seeds, fertilizer and a piece of paper where the school …

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From construction to dragon fruit farming in Taiwan

A 51-year-old architect in Nantou, Taiwan, used to be in the construction business. In 2011, he decided to give up his construction business so he could go into full-time dragon fruit farming. He is Xie Xinke, owner of Xinke Dragon Fruit Farm. He is very glad he gave up his previous business which could be very taxing at times. Now he is very happy tending his 1.1-hectare dragon fruit farm. His plants which are organically grown are very robust and high-yielding. Last year, he estimates he harvested no less than 50 tons of red-fleshed fruits. In the most recent season harvesting lasted from June 2015 to March 2016. Usually, the fruiting season lasts only from June to the following November. But the warm winter months of last December to February favored the …

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How to entice the young into agriculture

Many people are worried that pretty soon nobody will be producing the rice, vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, and fish that we eat because farmers are getting old and the young generation does not seem to be interested in farming at all. Proof is the declining enrolment in agricultural courses. At a round table discussion on the future of Philippine agriculture that we attended at UP-Diliman, we met Dr. William Dar, a multi-awarded scientist who had held top positions in the government and in an international organization. He is very much aware of the problem. The average age of Filipino farmers today is 57, he said. Really too old. Young people shun farming because they perceive it to involve backbreaking toil and yet the income cannot compare with the income from employment in …

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Negros Island diversifies into tilapia culture

Negros Island which was created into a new region only recently is popularly known as the county’s sugar bowl. Pretty soon, the island region could also be known as a producer of diversified agri-aqua products. One program that is being seriously undertaken now is the promotion of tilapia culture. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources launched sometime back a program that aims to transfer the latest aquaculture technologies to fish farmers and investors in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. The project includes the establishment of a tilapia hatchery that will produce fingerlings of GET EXCEL and red tilapia strains to meet the requirements of big and small fishpond operators. The tilapia project will be highlighted at the 2016 edition of Agrilink trade expo which will be held on October 6-8 at the …

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Seed firms are active in techno dissemination

Private companies are most active in disseminating improved techniques in producing high-value crops. And they could be considered responsible for the rapid adoption of new production techniques, practical farming and marketing ideas. Many of them organize harvest festivals, field days, mini trade expos in farming communities, and the like. Just like the Watermelon Expo staged by East-West Seed earlier last May in Brgy. Lusod, Maddela in Quirino province. The two-day expo was participated in by farmers who planted the improved crop varieties from the seed company. The event had interesting highlights that enhanced awareness of the attendees on the superior varieties of watermelons and other high-value crops, particularly vegetables. The attendees were able to have a free taste of the different varieties of watermelons like Sugar Baby Max, Sugar Ball, Orange, Red Delight …

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The promise of Jackfruit

Early last month (July 2016), 20 tons of frozen jackfruit pulp was imported from Vietnam by a trader from Cebu City. Much of the pulp will be made into dried jackfruit by a major fruit processor while smaller portions will be allocated to makers of langka preserves and for halo-halo and turon makers. The shipment cost more than $34,000 or about R1.6 million. That’s just one shipment and that is not peanuts. That is still a drain in the country’s foreign exchange reserves. Why did the businessman have to import jackfruit from Vietnam? Well, it is not difficult to imagine. Where in the Philippines can any trader buy jackfruit pulp by the tons? Jackfruit grows in most parts of the country but there is no place where he can source even just …

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How to be more competitive in Asean market

The Philippines is way behind in a number of ways compared to other member countries of ASEAN when it comes to agriculture. The facts and figures that tell us why were presented by Dr. William Dar during a roundtable discussion on the future of Philippine agriculture beyond six years. The event was convened last July 28 at UP Diliman by StratSearch Foundation headed by Dr. Clarita Carlos. Dr. Dar is a former agriculture secretary during the first year of the Estrada administration. Then he became the most successful head of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in India which he served for a record three terms. The Philippines has been underperforming in agri productivity. From 1961 to 2012, the annual growth rate in agri productivity in the …

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