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RAISING awareness on the importance of agricultural biodiversity or agrobiodiversity for sustainable development and food security was the basic concern at the recently held Regional Workshop on Agrobiodiversity at Maejo University (MJU) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Gil Saguiguit Jr., head of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and…

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An international agricultural company urged Filipino farmers on Wednesday to further employ biotechnology in food production, citing that the Philippines as the pioneer Southeast Asian country to initiate a biotechnology regulatory system. Monsanto Company, a publicly traded US multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology firm, said the Philippines ranked 12th worldwide…

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Taiwanese companies specializing in aquaculture technology using fish cages will prospect for partners in the Philippines who can market their technology or partner with them in fish production. Philip Huang, deputy executive director of the Master Development Department of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, told The Manila Times that…

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GT Mobile Fast Dryers are finding its way into different farming regions in the Philippines, proving that Filipino cooperatives and individuals engaged in agribusiness also favor equipment with a high level of technology. Most corn and rice farmers still dry their grains along the roads or concreted areas, which expose…

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An international food agency has urged government to carry out “structural transformation” by pouring investments into farm research and development (R&D), infrastructure, labor-intensive manufacturing and services, and land distribution in order for rural economies to grow. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) which is co-implementing a $2.5 million Asean…

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Unilever Philippines has embarked on enhancing farmers’ quality of life by embedding sustainability in its value chain and introducing sustainable sourcing. Sustainable sourcing means growing crops in ways that would preserve the soil, minimize water and fertilizer use, protect biodiversity and boost farmers’ livelihoods. “We recognize that substantial improvements in…

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Ongoing trials and experiments conducted by the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) demonstrate the potential of ethanol vapor to extend the shelf life of tomatoes without sacrificing quality. PhilMech, an agency under the Department of Agriculture, has been conducting trials on how ethanol vapor, produced by a…

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SINCE time immemorial, Sagada, a town famous for its hanging coffins in Mountain Province, has been a producer of coffee and is now emerging as the country’s Arabica coffee capital. But one thing that is also worth noticing in this place is their produce called “Bana’s Coffee.” Very recently, this…

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The Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) sees native corn’s continued cultivation in the Philippines despite the growing popularity of higher-yielding hybrid varieties. BAR, an agency under the Department of Agriculture, is cooperating with the Institute of Plant Breeding of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (IPB-UPLB) and DA regional…

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The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) sees cutflower cultivation as profitable venture that entrepreneurs and farmers can undertake. Also, cutflower production can be a stress-relieving activity. “It [flower arrangement] is truly a form of stress reliever. We can do it both as leisure and business,” 64-year-old Zenaida Bugaring of Quezon City…

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