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Run, ducky, run!

It takes all kinds of recreational activities to attract people to visit agritourist destinations. In our recent trip to Taiwan, one memorable place we visited was Greening Ranch, a leisure farm in Tainan county. Greening Ranch is a leading dairy farm in Southern Taiwan that is visited each month by some 20,000 local residents as […]

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August agri magazine now off the press

Make sure to get a copy of the August 2015 issue of Agriculture Magazine published by the Manila Bulletin and edited by yours truly. It is now off the press and available in bookstores as well as in Manila Bulletin outlets nationwide. Among those featured are the potentials of engineered bamboos that are mostly developed […]

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2nd Urban Agri trade show set September 5-6

The 2nd Urban Agriculture trade show will be held on September 5-6 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. This is under the auspices of the Manila Bulletin’s Agriculture Magazine. This follows the very successful similar event which was held at the Rockwell Tent in Makati City last May 1-3. Because Rockwell Tent […]

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 Enjoyable DIYs

Even seasoned politicians will behave like excited little kids when they experience seemingly simple and enjoyable do-it-yourself (DIY) recreational activities in leisure farms. Just like the group headed by Sen. Cynthia Villar that recently went on a mission to Taiwan to observe best practices in agritourism. It included a congressman, four governors, private entrepreneurs, and a number of farmers. One of their stops was the Flying Cow […]

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Retirees’ village boasts organic edible garden

A new retirement village with a novel concept of incorporating an organic edible garden was recently launched in the highland area of Sitio Mandayao, Brgy. Pondol in Balamban, Cebu. Called Amonsagana, the village is a joint venture project between Syntech Properties of Singapore and the Gonzalez family of Balamban who owns the land of more […]

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Things you find at the Agri-bazaar

Whether you are an urban gardener or a farmer from the province, it pays to visit events like the monthly AANI Agri-Bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. The place is centrally located and is accessible by public transport as well as by private vehicles. At the most recent agri-bazaar […]

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Grow them organic

Organic farm produce has its own appeal, especially to people who are health-conscious. Such products are not sprayed with poisonous chemicals and fertilized only with organic fertilizers, fortified with beneficial microorganisms and enzymes, which are considered safe to eat. And so people are willing to pay a high price. In Taiwan, where leisure farms visited […]

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Flowers are important in leisure farms

Many different things attract visitors to agritourist destinations like leisure farms. In Taiwan, farm owners offer a number of attractions. One of them is good food. Enjoyable do-it-yourself (DIY) activities are also common. Refreshing environment is another, and this includes beautiful flowers in the landscape. The Sheipa Leisure Farm in the Hsinchu upland is one […]

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Agri-bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan starts on July 17

The three-day monthly AANI Agri-bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan will be held starting on July 17, at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. Activities like this is where small scale agri-entrepreneurs, hobbyists and even big time investors can pick up useful ideas, insights, opportunities and trends in profitable farming and gardening. It is also where people […]

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In full bloom

Leisure farms aim to attract visitors not only from local towns and cities but also travelers from other countries. In the Philippines, there are already attempts to promote farm-based tour destinations as a means to achieve what many politicians are mouthing these days as “inclusive growth.” That means the rural poor will be able to […]

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