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High on the hog (Part 2)

NO MORE FOUL ODOR Pollution is also minimized with the use of rice hull as flooring. The usual foul odor in the piggery is virtually eliminated. Before, when Teodorico Ramos and his wife were raising their pigs on concrete floor, the neighbors complained about the foul smell as a result of the daily washing of the pigpen and bathing of the […]

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Some tips on starting your dream farm

Just as I was about to work on this agri-page, I received a text from Alex O who said he just read my column in Panorama magazine about smart money-making tips in farming. He asks: “How would I start?” To which we texted back. I can’t give you a sensible advice because I don’t know […]

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Glimpses of a secretary’s organic farm

If one is a Secretary of Agriculture, it makes sense if you have your own farm so you will have a better understanding and appreciation of the realities in farming. And that’s probably the reason why Sec. Francis N. Pangilinan bought his own farm in Alfonso, Cavite in 2011 so he could have the feel […]

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High on the hog (Part 1)

Backyard hog raising is often not profitable for a number of reasons. For one, many hog raisers don’t have enough capital. They can’t afford to buy improved breeds that are usually faster-growing. They can’t also put up a decent hog house because cement is very expensive. Commercial feeds are also costly, and so are medicines. Another reason is that traders or viajeros offer very […]

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Coco investment Summit set on February 26

The first national summit for coconut-based farm enterprises will be held on February 26 (Thursday) at the SGV Hall of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati. President Benigno S. Aquino III has been invited as keynote speaker. The summit is a brainchild of Sec. Francis N. Pangilinan who heads the Office of the […]

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From priesthood to local politics then farming

We have known him through the newspapers. We have also exchanged several texts more recently. And then last February 12, we met him in person at the Field Day of Allied Botanical Corporation in Tayug, Pangasinan. He is Fr. Eddie T. Panlilio, more popularly called Among Ed, the priest who had to shed off his […]

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Smart moneymaking tips on farming

Farming is a business. If you are smart, you can make money. If you are not, you can lose even your shirt. Here are a couple of smart money-making tips on farming. 1.  READ, LISTEN, AND CIRCULATE You can pick up bright ideas and techniques by reading agricultural publications, listening to radio programs on farming, […]

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New veggies from Tayug testing farm

The yearly field day conducted by Allied Botanical Corporation in its experimental farm in Tayug, Pangasinan is always full of beautiful surprises. We have attended several of such field days and we have always loved the new varieties showcased. Two new varieties of really mini cherry tomatoes, one red and the other yellow, really fascinated […]

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More people into organic pig farming

The increasing trend is that more and more people are getting into organic pig farming. Understandably so because more and more are proving that this system makes hog raising, especially for the backyard raisers, more profitable. One indication of the growing interest is the recent record attendees of the organic hog production seminar conducted by […]

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Ordinary farmers trained to become scientists

Did you know that you can increase the yield of your peanut by irrigating your plants with seawater? That’s what a lady farmer scientist from Ubay, Bohol had discovered through her own experiment. The farmer scientist is Cirila Cuyacot, a participant in the Farmer Scientist Training Program (FSTP) that was launched in 1994 by Dr. […]

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