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Planting rice now more fun

“Planting rice is never fun,” says your favorite ditty. “Bend from morn till the set of sun.” That should not be the case today. Thanks to new machinery, planting rice can be more fun now. Engineers of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) have developed a machine that can plant rice seedlings […]

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Tapping the indigenous fruit crops

It is heartening to note that our agricultural researchers are developing new products from our under-utilized farm crops that are often taken for granted. Just like the indigenous palm popularly known as kaong and botanically known as Arenga pinnata. It is also called sugar palm. In Cavite where the palm abounds, especially in Indang, the […]

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Bulacan co-op receives DTI P.5-M grant

The Kooperatibang Pangkabuhayan ng Sta. Maria (Bulacan) can now intensify its food processing project with the P500,000 grant that it is about to receive from the Department of Trade and Industry. The documents are being finalized. The co-op is engaged in contract growing of pigs and chickens with farmers not only in Bulacan but also […]

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Rabbits for sale

Rabbits have long been raised in the Philippines but usually only as pets or as test animals in laboratories. Not as meat for human consumption. Now, a husband and wife tandem that is into organic farming is advocating for the production of rabbit for human consumption. Art and Angie Veneracion, who own the Aven Nature’s Farm, a diversified organic farm in Baliuag, Bulacan, don’t just talk about their advocacy in […]

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New weekend market site is more accessible

Market goers will be glad to know that the AANI Weekend Market at the Food Terminal in Taguig City has relocated to a more customer-friendly place. It is located right after the entrance of the FTI and there is also free guarded parking. Of course, more important is the availability of a wide variety of […]

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Agricultural mechanization is the way to go

In these times when farming has to be more efficient and more competitive locally and globally, the way to go is agricultural mechanization. There are many good reasons why. In the provinces, there are times when harvesting has to be done fast because of coming bad weather or for some other reasons. So what is […]

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Bigger and better

The 2nd Urban Agriculture trade show will be staged on Sept. 5 and 6 at the SM Mall of Asia. This is under the auspices of Manila Bulletin’s Agriculture Magazine and a sequel to the very successful event held last May at the Rockwell Tent in Makati. The Rockwell Tent proved to be too small […]

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WTC getting too Small for Agrilink

Success begets success, so they say. But sometimes,success also begets problems. Not necessarily bad problems. Just like the case of Agrilink trade show, the country’s leading agricultural expo that is held annually at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. This year, it will be on October 15-17. Agrilink, which is now in its 24th […]

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More goats needed, supply still very short

We had a very enlightening conversation with Dr. Jovita Datuin when we attended the technology forum and product exhibits of the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) at the SM Megamall last August 8. Dr. Datuin is the chief of the Research Division of the Department of Agriculture in Region 1 based in San Fernando City, […]

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Sweet success

In farming, one has to be creative in a number of ways in order to succeed. For instance, one has to identify a target market and look for the crop or crops that the target market will want to buy. A little known variety that nobody else is producing commercially at the moment could be […]

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