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FARMERS in the village of Lumbaan in Pinili, Ilocos Norte are increasing their cultivation of cotton, reviving a crop that had nearly disappeared from the area, which is known as a center of traditional weaving. The resurgence is largely due to the efforts of local native Joven Cuanang, a neurologist…

PHILIPPINE SUGAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE:

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Increased research into genomics is needed to improve the variety and yield of Philippine sugarcane, particularly by increasing its resistance to common diseases, the Philippine Sugar Research Institute (PhilSURIN) said. The sugarcane industry is considered the Philippines second-most important crop after rice, according to the Department of Science and Technology…

PHILMECH RESEARCH:

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Microbial control agents (MCAs) have the potential to fight diseases that usually infect newly-harvested onions, and could help farmers store harvests longer and earn higher prices, according to ongoing research by Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture. PhilMech Executive Director Dr. Dionisio Alvindia…

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Rice farmers have asked government to adopt a procurement system that gives them “freedom of choice” in the use of hybrid seeds suitable to their local climates instead of being limited to the lowest-cost seeds, urging government to prioritize quality over economy. Ricardo Buenaventura, president of Nagkakaisang Magsasaka Agricultural Primary…

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A semi-organic fertilization technique called “crop stand management” has raised the wet season yield of hybrid rice crops in Iloilo, with a dozen farmers reaping harvests of more than 10 metric tons per hectare, according to provincial agriculture officials. Using the fertilization technique with SL-8H hybrid seeds, twelve farmers had…

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LAOAG CITY: Starting January next year, Ilocos farmers and manufacturers will be able to sell their products directly to consumers in Quezon City through the producer-to-consumer project. The program, which will kick off January 26-27, 2017 at the Quezon City Hall, is a partnership between the Provincial Government of Ilocos…

MORE THAN JUST CHOCOLATES

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CACAO can be used to produce much more than just chocolate, the head of the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) said, as the agricultural research and development agency unveiled a number of new products from the high-value crop. PhilMech Executive Director Dr. Dionisio Alvindia said the agency…

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UNITED NATIONS, New York: Healthy soil not only makes food more nutritious it also helps keep carbon out of the atmosphere by storing it underground. Yet around the world over 500 million hectares of soil has become degraded—leading to the loss of valuable nutrients as well as the release of…

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A three-year project in Quirino Province, launched in 2013 with a $5 million grant from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), has “exceeded its goals and targets” of reducing rural poverty, expanding agricultural production and restoring the local watershed, the program’s project manager said. The Quirino Integrated Agricultural Development Project…

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Myanmar’s new investment law allowing 100 percent foreign ownership should attract Filipino companies to invest in agriculture, the head of a major Myanmar agricultural firm said, citing opportunities for investors in rice, banana, and coconut. Tin Htut Oo, Chairman of Myanmar’s Yoma Strategic Holdings Co. Ltd (YSHCL) Agriculture Group, assured…

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