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A local company is offering organic solutions for companies exporting tropical fruits, which in the long term will help the country improve the quality of its fresh farm products that are shipped abroad. Eco-Anzen Corp. based in Davao City is currently marketing the use of biocontrol agents (BCAs) and microbial…

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Woody vines growing in the forests of the Philippines are an important natural resource that show a lot of promise, according to a group of researchers from the Department of Science and Technology-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI). “Woody vines or lianas are a type of forest plants that…

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The rubber testing laboratory of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Zamboanga Peninsula has been conferred the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation by the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB). The ISO/IEC accreditation makes DOST-Zamboanga Peninsula’s rubber testing facility the first of its kind in the Philippines. The DOST-Zamboanga Peninsula’s Rubber Lab…

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To support the government’s drive for people to eat more rice-corn blend, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Cagayan Valley (Region 2) office has developed its own bigas-mais blend for market testing and commercialization. Called “Corn Combi,” the rice-corn blend is one of the innovative products being introduced by the DA-Cagayan Valley…

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Mimaropa (Region 4A) office is promoting the humble kaong or sugar palm as a cash crop in the town of Odiongan in Romblon. The DOST-Mimaropa office conducted in Odiongan on December 1-6 a training for the propagation and processing of sugar palm at the…

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Progress in the fight against hunger and extreme poverty hinges on eliminating the “triple discrimination” faced by indigenous women, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said on Friday last week. Indigenous women face far higher rates of poverty, chronic malnutrition and illiteracy as well as low…

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(Second of three parts) I will no longer be surprised if I find in the shelves of numerous research institutes in the Philippines volumes of research and development (R&D) outputs that simply sit there, gathering dust. If that practice continues or is not corrected, the funds invested for R&D will…

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The Department of Agriculture-Cagayan Valley (Region 2) office is considering the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela as hybrid rice centers in the region. Lorenzo Caranguain, DA Region 2 executive director, said the move is in support of the government hybridization program aimed at increasing farmers’ income…

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A project funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) has identified 14 locations having a total area of 6,283.30 hectares as potential sites for mussel culture, which is expected to increase the country’s production of…

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Cagayan Valley (Region 2) will soon have a roadmap for its processed fruits and nuts (PFN) industry that will enable it to export such products. Ruben Diciano, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Cagayan Valley unit officer-in-charge, said a forum was recently held in Santiago City, Isabela, to highlight the potential…

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