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Trading up

If our government officials dream of inclusive growth so that the small farm families can partake of the fruits of development, they should think more seriously about markets, not just irrigation, farm-to-market roads, and so on. Accessible markets for farmers’ produce provide a strong incentive for them to go into commercial production that will result in significant profits. The small farm families will have more money to send their children […]

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All set for urban agri trade show

It is all systems go for the May 1-3 Urban Agriculture trade show at the Rockwell Tent at the corner of Estrella St. and Rockwell in Makati City. It is open free to the public. The trade show is under the auspices of the Manila Bulletin’s Agriculture Magazine which is now into its 19th year […]

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Lots of ideas at agri-bazaar, Agri-Kapihan

Farming and gardening enthusiasts, whether beginners or old hand, can pick up a lot of ideas by attending the 3-day agri-bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan at the Quezon Memorial Circle every month. This is under the auspices of Agri-Aqua Network International (AANI) and it is open free to the public. Just like in the latest holding of […]

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Return of old favorites

Caimito and rimas are two old favorites that are hard to find these days. Planting materials are not readily available in nurseries and plant shops. We remember there used to be plenty of star apple trees in our hometown in Ilocos but most of them are gone, thanks to Virginia tobacco, which requires flue-curing. The […]

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New kind of fertilizer now in the market

A new kind of fertilizer that is very different from the ordinary NPK formulation is now in the market. It is a plant growth booster derived from natural plant extracts that is a product of nano or colloidal technology. The fertilizer is called Supravim from the United States and is distributed by Corvill Agricom headed […]

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Innovation is key to better quail profits

Quail raising has its own rewards as well as its problems. An intimate discussion with quail raisers in Bulacan who requested anonymity reveals that there are certain times when sales are low and so one must innovate to keep afloat. Did you know, for instance, that during summer when students are not in school, the […]

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Agri in the City

Agriculture Magazine, a publication of Manila Bulletin, is staging an Urban Agriculture Trade Show, from May 1 to 3, at the Rockwell Tent, Estrella St., Rockwell Center, Makati. The event aims to promote the trend of growing food crops in urban areas like Metro Manila, no matter how limited the space is. People in the […]

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Book cites why PH lags behind in agriculture

A new book by Dr. Rolando T. Dy explains why the Philippines lags behind its neighbors in the Asean region when it comes to agricultural development. The book is titled “Agribusiness and Inclusive Growth: An Expert’s Advocacy.” It contains valuable information which could help our policymakers and concerned government officials as well as the private […]

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This trading post grows and grows

Wherever we go, we seem to always encounter good news. Just like when we visited Quezon province last March 27 to 28. We were particularly pleasantly surprised to see how big the agricultural trading post in Sariaya has become. This is the Sentrong Pamilihan ng Produktong Agrikultura sa Quezon which was the pet project of […]

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Better together

Great things could happen in agriculture if only local government officials were creative enough to come up with programs that would harness the people, the unutilized or under-utilized land in their towns, and the financial support coming from various agencies. Take the case of Mayor Eddie Guillen of Piddig, Ilocos Norte. Because of his creative […]

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