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The common carp can help in detecting the magnitude of wastes in waterways, according to a study by a researcher at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). In a study conducted by Dr. Michelle Grace Paraso of the UPLB College of Veterinary Medicine, carp was found to have…

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A major study of the genetic profile of more than 10,000 rice variants has revealed clues why hybrid rice has higher performance in certain traits than its parent varieties, scientists from China reported. The study was carried out under the direction of Professors Han Bin and Huang Xuehui of the…

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Once treated as an under-valued crop, farmers are taking notice of cassava as a valuable cash crop. And given the right technology, cassava can be grown more profitably compared with traditional crops like rice and corn. Proof of that is in the success of the Ifugao Tapioca Growers Association (ITGA)…

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AT least 100,000 elvers (young eels) were dispersed to the communal bodies of water in Cagayan River and its tributaries, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). Under the Stock Enhancement of Elvers Program (SEEP), the BFAR has been dispersing elvers annually to preserve and propagate the…

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JARO, Leyte: Life is better now for farmers of upland Villa Conzoilo village, a site for compact farming in the Leyte province. The organic farm site is located about seven kilometers from the town center, near the famous Alto Peak or Mt. Amandiwing, the highest peak in Eastern Visayas. The…

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THE Philippine Rice Information System (PRISM) project is conducting a series of workshops on basic geographic information systems (GIS) for its regional partners. Funded by the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA), the activity trains field officers and local government units in visualizing rice area and yield, GPS-based field observations, and…

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BOTH the income of farmers and the well-being of Filipinos could be greatly improved if consumers reduced their reliance on white rice and turned to the healthy alternative of brown rice, researchers at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said. Countries like the Philippines prefer the commercially milled or white…

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MORE than 2.2 billion people in Asia rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, but the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warns that stagnant and declining yields of major crops such as rice and wheat can be ultimately linked to declining investments in agriculture. Public investments in agriculture in India, for instance,…

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ILAGAN CITY: Isabela province has lost more than P966 million worth of crops, mostly corn and rice, due to the lack of rainfall in recent weeks. Citing data verified by the Provincial Disaster Action Team (PDAT), provincial agriculturist Danilo Tumamao said 40,386 farmers from 23 municipalities have lost 73,921 metric…

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