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Farm field day becomes a tourism event

What used to be a simple field day where farmers are invited to see the latest crop varieties in the experimental farm of Allied Botanical Corporation in Tayug, Pangasinan is becoming an agritourism event.

The open house which is open to the public on February 5 to 7 will now feature activities designed to attract groups or families for the educational as well as fun-filled recreational presentations.

Among the target visitors are people who are going to Baguio for the Panagbenga flower festivities. The company said the open house could be a worthwhile stopover for the Baguio-bound travelers, or for those who are traveling to other places in the north.

  • EDUCATIONAL AND FUN-FILLED – The annual field day at the Allied Botanical Corporation’s experimental farm in Tayug, Pangasinan has been turned into an agritourism event. The open house is open to the public on February 5-7. Visitors are invited to attend not only to discover the new crop varieties that the company is growing in its 23-hectare experimental farm. The event can be an educational experience for the whole family as there are recreational activities that have been incorporated in the annual open house. Various landscapes of flowering plants and vegetables have been created that could serve as beautiful background for picture-taking by groups, families or individuals.

    EDUCATIONAL AND FUN-FILLED – The annual field day at the Allied Botanical Corporation’s experimental farm in Tayug, Pangasinan has been turned into an agritourism event. The open house is open to the public on February 5-7. Visitors are invited to attend not only to discover the new crop varieties that the company is growing in its 23-hectare experimental farm. The event can be an educational experience for the whole family as there are recreational activities that have been incorporated in the annual open house. Various landscapes of flowering plants and vegetables have been created that could serve as beautiful background for picture-taking by groups, families or individuals.

  • SALAD DEMO – In a previous open house, Michael Caballes, Allied Botanical’s president himself did the demonstration on the use of salad crops produced and distributed by the company. At the Tayug open house this year, visitors can join enjoyable interactive games as well as lectures and seminars about topics that include edible garden landscaping, seedling preparation and many other topics.

    SALAD DEMO – In a previous open house, Michael Caballes, Allied Botanical’s president himself did the demonstration on the use of salad crops produced and distributed by the company. At the Tayug open house this year, visitors can join enjoyable interactive games as well as lectures and seminars about topics that include edible garden landscaping, seedling preparation and many other topics.

  • BROMELIAD IN A BAMBOO TUBE – One novel way of growing your favorite Neoregelias and other bromeliads is to insert each one of them in a bamboo or “buho” tube. Take a short piece of bamboo pole with a node midway in the middle. The bottom end should be pointed so it can be staked in the ground. In the upper portion of the bamboo, you just stick the rooted or unrooted bromeliad. There is no need to put a growing medium like sphagnum moss or chopped fern chips which are the usual potting media. The bromeliad thrives very well in the bamboo pole with practically no care. Photo shows Neoregelias grown in “buho” tubes.

    BROMELIAD IN A BAMBOO TUBE – One novel way of growing your favorite Neoregelias and other bromeliads is to insert each one of them in a bamboo or “buho” tube. Take a short piece of bamboo pole with a node midway in the middle. The bottom end should be pointed so it can be staked in the ground. In the upper portion of the bamboo, you just stick the rooted or unrooted bromeliad. There is no need to put a growing medium like sphagnum moss or chopped fern chips which are the usual potting media. The bromeliad thrives very well in the bamboo pole with practically no care. Photo shows Neoregelias grown in “buho” tubes.

  • NUTRITIOUS MICRO GREENS – At the annual open house of Allied Botanical Corporation in Tayug, Pangasinan (open to the public on Feb. 5-7), visitors will learn about many useful techniques like the production of micro greens. These are  sprouted young seedlings that are harvested for salad making. Such seedlings are highly nutritious and delicious because they are very tender. These include seedlings of radish, pechay, mustard, cabbage, spinach and many others. In just a week from seeding, the micro greens can already be harvested for home consumption or for sale.

    NUTRITIOUS MICRO GREENS – At the annual open house of Allied Botanical Corporation in Tayug, Pangasinan (open to the public on Feb. 5-7), visitors will learn about many useful techniques like the production of micro greens. These are sprouted young seedlings that are harvested for salad making. Such seedlings are highly nutritious and delicious because they are very tender. These include seedlings of radish, pechay, mustard, cabbage, spinach and many others. In just a week from seeding, the micro greens can already be harvested for home consumption or for sale.

  • LA UNION LAKBAY ARAL – A group of 32 farmers and farm technicians from San Fernando City in La Union visited the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal under the Lakbay Aral program of the local government unit in San Fernando. The group was headed by city agriculturist Eduviges Flores who said that the farmers are smallholders who would like to pick up some ideas in making their small farms productive. Photo shows the visitors before a young rimas tree that was grafted on a rootstock of kamansi. Rimas is one fruit tree that can be planted around the home.

    LA UNION LAKBAY ARAL – A group of 32 farmers and farm technicians from San Fernando City in La Union visited the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal under the Lakbay Aral program of the local government unit in San Fernando. The group was headed by city agriculturist Eduviges Flores who said that the farmers are smallholders who would like to pick up some ideas in making their small farms productive. Photo shows the visitors before a young rimas tree that was grafted on a rootstock of kamansi. Rimas is one fruit tree that can be planted around the home.

  • RED PUMMELO FROM SEED – Photo shows the red-fleshed pummelo variety from Taiwan. Believe it or not, it was produced by a tree grown from a seed. Several years back, a lady worker from Taiwan brought home some seeds of a fruit that she liked so much. She planted the seedling in their lot in Metro Manila and after a few years the tree bore fruit. The fruit is sweet and juicy and is attractive because of its red color. Normally, pummelo is not recommended for planting if it is not grafted. But then there are times when the seedling can come out to be excellent.

    RED PUMMELO FROM SEED – Photo shows the red-fleshed pummelo variety from Taiwan. Believe it or not, it was produced by a tree grown from a seed. Several years back, a lady worker from Taiwan brought home some seeds of a fruit that she liked so much. She planted the seedling in their lot in Metro Manila and after a few years the tree bore fruit. The fruit is sweet and juicy and is attractive because of its red color. Normally, pummelo is not recommended for planting if it is not grafted. But then there are times when the seedling can come out to be excellent.

According to Michael Caballes, ABC president, this year’s main highlight is the introduction of the company’s green products with the theme “Live Life The Green Way” for organic and natural farming system.

He said they will be launching their new range of organic vegetable seeds, their green wall and green roof system for edible and urban landscaping, the Koppert Biological System, and Nordox organic fungicide for a complete range of farm inputs, and their collection of annual flowering plants and cut flowers arranged in a beautifully landscaped garden.

Caballes added that in their advocacy to make vegetable farming more exciting, educational and fun this year, they have created a walk-through exhibit featuring a collection of vegetable-themed “Fruit Fiesta” where they will showcase different varieties of watermelon and melon.

They will also showcase what they call “Chili Explosion” – from the hottest chili to the sweetest bell pepper. Also, they boast of very prolific “pangsigang” varieties of peppers. They likewise have the “pinakbet” varieties in their “Bahay Kubo” collection as well as the heat tolerant chopsuey varieties, the Tribong legumes and more.

As an added bonus for attendees, they can also take advantage of the various landscapes which are especially designed to be the background of group or individual photos.

Also, to make the visit really enjoyable, visitors are urged to join interactive games as well as lectures and seminars about seedling preparation, urban and edible landscaping, flower production, vertical gardening, hydroponics, greenhouse production, modern vegetable production techniques and others.

Also there will be food kiosks where the visitors can buy boiled freshly harvested corn that include the sweet, waxy and colored varieties.

The Allied Botanical experimental farm is in Brgy. Lichauco, Tayug, Pangasinan. Try to attend the open house. You will be glad you did.

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GRAVELY CONCERNED – The science community, particularly DOST-National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has expressed grave concern on the decision of the Supreme Court to permanently stop the field tests of Bt talong (eggplant), also declaring null and void the Department of Agriculture Order No.08, series of 2002; and temporarily stopping any application for contained use, field testing, propagation and commercialization and importation of genetically modified organisms until a new administrative order is promulgated in accordance with the law.

The field testing of Bt talong, the DOST statement said, was started in 2007 as an option for controlling the fruit and stem borer (FSB), the most destructive insect pest of the eggplant. The Bt talong would have provided an option for farmers to control the FSB infestation of eggplant by incorporating the gene from naturally-occurring soil bacterium, Bacillus thuringensis (Bt), that produces the toxin specific for the group of insects to which the FSB belongs.

The NAST said that the Supreme Court was grossly misinformed that “genetic engineering dangerously tampers with the most fundamental natural components of life;” and that transgenic organisms do not occur in nature. The fact is, there are naturally-occurring transgenic crops such as the banana which has incorporated the genes from the banana streak virus and the cultivated camote which contains genes from the Agrobacterium.

  • vic suplido

    A great way to enhance small time farming and food production.