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Power fruit

Pummelo is a high-value fruit that more farmers should grow for a number of good reasons. There are, however, so many varieties of this citrus fruit. Some are really good but many are inferior in a number of ways. So you have to plant the right variety. A variety is inferior for different reasons: it may […]

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Old longan trees made young again

At the Fairy Lake Leisure Farm in Tainan, Taiwan, they have a way of making old longan trees young again. The technique is called topworking. The technique is not really new in the Philippines. It is mentioned in agronomy courses in college but we have not seen it practiced commercially in this country. In the […]

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Branded generic vet products launched

Responding to the clamor of local animal raisers for safe and effective yet affordable veterinary products, Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (Unahco) has launced a new line of branded generic veterinary products that offers higher quality compared to those currently available in the market. Clint Escondo, Unahco marketing director, said Genvet is the best […]

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PH politicians enjoy DIYs in Taiwan farms

Even seasoned politicians will behave like excited little kids when they experience seemingly simple but enjoyable DIY or do-it-yourself 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. The group included a congressman, four governors, private […]

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Winning from waste

Sometimes, big problems in farming can be a blessing in disguise. That’s because people are forced to become more creative. Just like when the price of urea fertilizer suddenly increased to P2,200, from the usual P1,200 per bag of 50 kilos, eight years or so ago. Farmers turned to organic fertilizer, especially vermicompost, which they themselves could produce at their own homes. Vermicompost is produced by earthworms that are fed […]

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Climate change can mean new opportunities

The changing climate should not keep us in despair. It could mean new opportunities for the creative and enterprising. What is important is that we should be aware of the latest technologies developed by our scientists as well as hands-on farmers who are not necessarily trained scientists. One should also be up-to-date on the prevailing […]

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Raising pigs the cooperative way has advantages

These days Sandy Silencio is a happy hog raiser in Dinalupihan, Bataan. About four months ago, he gave up his job in the city so he could raise pigs under a scheme offered by a cooperative in Bulacan. Now he does not have to suffer the monstrous traffic in the polluted city.  And he is […]

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Wall and tower gardening

Most likely, you’d have heard of “vertical gardening,” also called wall gardening. It has become popular among urban growers of ornamental plants and food crops. But probably you have not heard of “tower gardening.” If you want to see wall and tower gardening that are both decorative and economic, better visit the Golden Acres National […]

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Luzon OSYs to train in organic agri

Last June 13, we featured in this column the 160 out-of-school youths (OSYs) in Davao del Norte who are undergoing training in natural farming in tandem with the traditional 3Rs and good manners and right conduct. The good news is that a similar program will soon be launched in Luzon wherein out-of-schools youths from Regions […]

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Corn to be highlighted at Agrilink

Corn will be one of the counrty’s major commodities that will be highlighted in the 2015 Agrilink trade show that will be held at the World Trade Center Manila on October 15-17, 2015. Corn is used for value-added products like flour, syrups, oil, gluten, cereals and snack. Farm households rely on corn as a major […]

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