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A practical Thai school feeding idea

Very recently, Sen. Grace Poe made a speech in the Senate batting for an intensified school feeding program. She stressed the need for a sustained program that will address the nutritional requirements of school children. We agree that a physically and mentally healthy young generation will surely ensure a population that will be more productive, […]

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Ornamental horticulture for profit

Promoting ornamental horticulture to the level of an honest-to-goodness industry could be a means of attaining the inclusive economic growth that the government is trying to achieve. This means that even the small players, the small scale farmers and gardeners, can par-take of the economic benefits by getting involved in producing horticultural products that include […]

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Mini cucumber bears fruit on and on!

At the recent Agrilink trade show, we were most fascinated by Dewi’s Cocktail Cucumber which is claimed as the smallest cucumber (0.5 to 2.5 inches) in the world. And we also met there a most interesting lady, Virginia “Dewi” Hanrieder, who is commercially producing and processing the same Dewi’s Cocktail Cucumber is indeed unique. Unlike […]

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Cordillera coffee in November Agriculture mag

Watch for the November issue of Agriculture Magazine which features coffee as the banner project in the Cordilleras. Special emphasis is on the Arabica variety although the other varieties are also cited. Arabica coffee is particularly recommended for planting in the cool areas of Benguet and Mountain Province. Individual farms are usually small and Arabica […]

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Firm supports heirloom rice project

The terraces of the Cordilleras are a cultural heritage, built by decades of hard working hands.  Over time, however, lack of support and exposure has been major obstacles for the farming communities in this massive mountain range. “We saw an opportunity to help,” says Romeo Ong, CEO of Sunnywood Superfoods Corp. It is not often […]

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Chilli lovers’ festival and bazaar

We attended the first Chilli Festival and Bazaar last October 18 in Quezon City staged by an informal group called Chilli Heads Philippines. There, we discovered that there are a lot of people who are fond of hot foo ds. And we also discovered that hot chilli is not only used in the traditional foods […]

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A new all-season grain dryer

Last September 30, we were invited to Subic Bay Freeport Zone for the launching of a new dryer that can dry rice, corn, and many other crop seeds all-year round, rain or shine. The dryer is unique and is claimed to offer significant advantages over what our farmers are currently using. This is the Solar […]

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Gleanings from the Agrilink trade show

The last Agrilink trade show which was held on October 9-11 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City could be considered a most successful one. The weather that prevailed was fine, no flooding, and the attendance was terrific. From the first day to the third, people from far and wide flocked to the indoor […]

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Tour to visit Rizal farms this Sunday

Attendees of a farm tour this Sunday, October 19, will visit three farm projects in Rizal, one in Antipolo, another in Teresa and the third in Angono. The farm tour is one of the regular offerings of Agri-Aqua Network International (AANI) with Pol Rubia as operations manager. The participants will have their first stop at […]

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Some pointers on growing Ashitaba

A lot of people are interested in Ashitaba, the herb with a many medicinal attributes that we wrote about in this column some weeks back.  Now that seeds and seedlings are available, the next thing enthusiasts would like to know is how to grow the plant. Here are some pointers gathered from the very persons […]

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