HOT WATER TREATMENT — A seminar on Hot Water Treatment to prevent postharvest diseases on mango and other high-value crops will be conducted at the Agrilink 2013 by Dr. Kevin F. Yaptengco of the UPLB’s Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center. The seminar is open free to everybody who is interested in the topic. The HWT technique has been proven to prevent anthracnose infection in mango. Anthracnose disease is very destructive not only to ripening fruits but also to other parts of the mango tree like leaves and flowers.
We just received this announcement from the organizers of Agrilink 2013 that there will be an investment forum and a lot of free seminars during the three-day trade expo on October 10-12 at the World Trade Center-Manila, corner of Gil J. Puyat Avenue and Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City.
The Agricultural Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) of the Department of Agriculture, headed by Leandro “Dax” Gazmin, will be conducting the investment forum to promote investment in agribusiness of selected high-value crops such as cacao, coffee and jackfruit. The forum will feature the latest market information and address food safety standards in consumer markets.
The resource persons will also conduct a technical workshop on sustainable production of these crops, covering management, postharvest and marketing. It will also serve as an advocacy to present the available support services of the government and create investment opportunities for OFW returnees, retirees, farmers, processors, exporters, suppliers and other stakeholders.
INVESTMENT FORUM ON CACAO AND OTHER CROPS — The Agricultural Marketing Assistance Service of the Department of Agriculture will conduct an investment forum at the forthcoming Agrilink trade show on October 10-12 at the World Trade Center-Manila. The forum aims to promote investment in selected high-value commodities such as cacao, coffee and jackfruit. Photo shows fruits of Red Criollo cacao from Brazil which is ever-bearing under local conditions. The investment forum is open free to the public.
The forum and seminars are in line with the core programs of the AMAS which handles the concerns of small and medium agribusinesses by creating strategic agricultural and fisheries development plans together with local government units and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
AMAS performs a lot of useful services. It assists in the gradual transfer of agricultural service facilities such as processing, packing and packaging facilities, slaughterhouses and public markets from LGUs to various cooperatives around the country.
The AMAS also helps food suppliers transport their products more efficiently by providing trading centers, barangay food terminals and drop-off centers where these goods can be bought by consumers at a more affordable price. Additionally, AMAS has recently set up an Agribusiness Center in the DA compound in Quezon City which serves as a one-stop shop for our farmers, fisher folk and entrepreneurs.
Other interesting seminars to be conducted by the DA resource persons will include “Urban Farming and Sustainable Living.” This will discuss topics on ‘agritecture’ which combines agriculture and architecture.
Other topics include black soldier fly harvesting, chicken coops and precomposting trough, rabbit cage, vermiculture, sustainable management of aquaponic plants such as sump, duckweed and azolla. There will be discussions on greenhouse designing, beekeeping and utilization of wind and solar power in agriculture.
On the other hand, the DA’s Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) will discuss the DA’s rice mechanization program. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will also discuss organic aquaculture of freshwater fishes, mussel and rice eel processing, value-adding of knifefish and insurance packages for fisheries.
CACAO SEEDLINGS READY FOR PLANTING — Photo shows healthy seedlings of Red Criollo cacao that are ready for planting. These will be made available at the Agrilink trade show on October 10-12 at the World Trade Center-Manila. The seedlings are from a private orchard and nursery in Teresa, Rizal which has been propagating superior varieties of fruit crops like Longkong lanzones, pummelos, imported makopa, mangoes from Thailand and Taiwan, sweet kamias, rambutan and many others. The Red Criollo cacao, by the way, starts fruiting in just 18 months from planting. In Teresa, Rizal, it is ever-bearing.
Other seminars include “Heat Treatment of High-Value Crops by Hot Water Treatment” by Dr. Kevin F. Yaptenco of the University of the Philippines Los Baños’ Postharvest Horticulture Training and Research Center. This covers topics on the application of hot water treatment (HWT) for disease control of high value crops like mango; available equipment for HWT; cost analysis; and research and development on HWT mechanization.
The Australian Trade Commission, through Mark Lavers of Wellads Rural Philippines, will discuss how to maximize nutrition for cattle breeds by utilizing locally available tropical pasture and forage.
Agrilink 2013 will also feature seminars such as “Urban Organic Gardening by the Organic Producers and Trade Association, “Herbal Plants Production” by Agri-Aqua Network International (AANI), and “Aquaculture Solutions for Filipino Farmers” and “Philippine Shrimp Industry: Technical Issues and Challenges” by Biosolutions International Corporation.
Agrilink will also feature local and international agricultural products, live animal and plant display and other special activities that will underscore the most up-to-date and ground-breaking inputs, technologies and alliances that will enhance the profitability, sustainability and productivity of the interdependent industries of agriculture, aquaculture and food.
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