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The annual conferences of the Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE) held late last month in Legazpi City drew a record 1,167 attendees. “This shows that there is a great interest among agricultural engineers in the Philippines to play a bigger role in modernizing the country’s farming sector,” the group…

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A bill that would create a manpower development plan for agricultural entrepreneurship has been introduced in the House of Representatives. AAMBIS-Owa party-list Rep. Sharon Garin, who is also Deputy Speaker, authored House Bill 3354, otherwise known as the Entrepreneurial Education Act. The bill is currently pending with the House Committee…

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A pilot program carried out by rice farmers in Pulilan, Bulacan has successfully demonstrated methods by which the country can achieve rice self-sufficiency, the program’s proponents said. Under the direction of Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 3 (DOST 3), and with the participation of the Philippine Sino Center…

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The genetic diversity of Asian wild rice (Oryza rufipogon) has been eroded by admixing with domesticated rice strains, researchers said in a new report, a development that may have a negative impact on production of hybrid rice varieties. Asian wild rice is believed to be a descendant of the wild…

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AN invitation to export more fish to China extended to the Philippines by the China Asean Marine Product Exchange (Campe) this week is just the latest in a series of export deals in the last six months that will benefit the local agriculture and fisheries sectors. An official from Campe…

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Commercially grown for pulp, paper, medicines, and timber, “Rainbow Eucalyptus,” locally known as “bagras,” will be propagated on a production scale by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) after developing a micro-propagation protocol. Considered a good variety for commercial production because of its fast growth rate, eucalyptus can be…

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The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) has set up a quarterly travel grant program that provides up to $1,200 to each qualified agriculture and agriculture-related professional and social scientist, including graduate students in Southeast Asia. The program is part of Searca’s development model…

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IN an effort to stop rice importation and stabilize the country’s food supply in the face of lower global rice trade volumes, the government has launched the “Masaganang Ani 200” program, which aims to boost Philippine farms’ rice yield to 200 cavans per hectare. At a hybrid rice festival in…

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THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Cebu has stepped in to assist producers of Tuburan ground coffee market their product for export, developing new packaging materials and consulting with growers on boosting yields, the agency reported. “We designed the label and developed the appropriate packaging for the Tuburan Coffee,”…

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The SIMA Asean Thailand 2017 will be held in Bangkok on September 7-9, with the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) supporting efforts to promote farm mechanization and modernization among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. SIMA Asean will showcase the latest in farm machineries and…

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