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Record crowd attends harvest fest in Tanauan

  • RECORD CROWD AT ATISCO HARVEST FEST – More than 500 farmers, government officials and other visitors attended the opening of the three-day harvest festival at Farm 2 of the Agri-Tech Integrated Services Co. (ATISCO) in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City, Batangas. The festival highlighted the high-value vegetables planted by three leading seed companies in the country and demonstration of Korean agricultural  machinery like the Branson tractor and its attachments and the compact Lee Hwa rice mill. Photo shows Dante Delima, ATISCO operations manager, addressing the attendees.

    RECORD CROWD AT ATISCO HARVEST FEST – More than 500 farmers, government officials and other visitors attended the opening of the three-day harvest festival at Farm 2 of the Agri-Tech Integrated Services Co. (ATISCO) in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City, Batangas. The festival highlighted the high-value vegetables planted by three leading seed companies in the country and demonstration of Korean agricultural machinery like the Branson tractor and its attachments and the compact Lee Hwa rice mill. Photo shows Dante Delima, ATISCO operations manager, addressing the attendees.

  • NEW FINGER PEPPER VARIETY – Narmada is the name of this new variety of finger (pangsigang) pepper planted by Bayer Vegetable Seeds at the Farm 2 of ATISCO in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City. It is one of the vegetables showcased in the first harvest festival staged by ATISCO which will end today, Saturday, September 10.  Showing the fruits is Arnel V. de Mesa, National Deputy Project Director of the Philippine Rural Development Program, a nationwide program aimed at promoting agricultural enterprises and to address infrastructure requirements like irrigation, farm-to-market roads, bridges, irrigation and potable water.

    NEW FINGER PEPPER VARIETY – Narmada is the name of this new variety of finger (pangsigang) pepper planted by Bayer Vegetable Seeds at the Farm 2 of ATISCO in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City. It is one of the vegetables showcased in the first harvest festival staged by ATISCO which will end today, Saturday, September 10. Showing the fruits is Arnel V. de Mesa, National Deputy Project Director of the Philippine Rural Development Program, a nationwide program aimed at promoting agricultural enterprises and to address infrastructure requirements like irrigation, farm-to-market roads, bridges, irrigation and potable water.

  • PROLIFIC PROLIFICA – Prolifica is the name of this prolific new variety of ampalaya that is showcased in the on-going harvest festival (last day today) at the Farm 2 of ATISCO in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City. Besides being prolific, it is resistant to diseases like the “namamarako” disease. Jennifer Remoquillo, national coordinator of the High-Value Crops Development Program, is posing with the beautiful Prolifica fruits.

    PROLIFIC PROLIFICA – Prolifica is the name of this prolific new variety of ampalaya that is showcased in the on-going harvest festival (last day today) at the Farm 2 of ATISCO in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City. Besides being prolific, it is resistant to diseases like the “namamarako” disease. Jennifer Remoquillo, national coordinator of the High-Value Crops Development Program, is posing with the beautiful Prolifica fruits.

  • JAPANESE OKRA – Roger T. Perez, ATISCO president and CEO, poses with a promising Japanese okra variety that is being field-tested at the Farm 2 of ATISCO in Tanauan City. Okra is one of the favorite vegetables of the Japanese as well as Filipinos and other Asians. This vegetable is being produced in the Philippines for export to Japan.

    JAPANESE OKRA – Roger T. Perez, ATISCO president and CEO, poses with a promising Japanese okra variety that is being field-tested at the Farm 2 of ATISCO in Tanauan City. Okra is one of the favorite vegetables of the Japanese as well as Filipinos and other Asians. This vegetable is being produced in the Philippines for export to Japan.

  • FARM-READY-SEEDLINGS – East-West Seed is one of the companies that participated in the commercial stalls at the harvest festival at the ATISCO Farm 2 in Tanauan City that ends today. The company has a display of its hybrid seeds as well as its farm-ready seedlings like tomatoes, pepper, eggplant and other favorite vegetables.

    FARM-READY-SEEDLINGS – East-West Seed is one of the companies that participated in the commercial stalls at the harvest festival at the ATISCO Farm 2 in Tanauan City that ends today. The company has a display of its hybrid seeds as well as its farm-ready seedlings like tomatoes, pepper, eggplant and other favorite vegetables.

  • BRANSON TRACTOR AT THE HARVEST FESTIVAL – Aside from vegetables and other high-value crops, Korean tractors and equipment were showcased at the harvest festival. Photo shows Philip Kim, FIT Corea president, briefing Arnel de Mesa of the Department of Agriculture about the fine points of a 35Hp Branson tractor and its equipment. It is a powerful tractor that can be equipped with a disc plow, rotavator, front loader, levee maker and buck hoe. Another Korean machine that is showcased at the ongoing festival (last day today) is the Lee Hwa compact rice mill.

    BRANSON TRACTOR AT THE HARVEST FESTIVAL – Aside from vegetables and other high-value crops, Korean tractors and equipment were showcased at the harvest festival. Photo shows Philip Kim, FIT Corea president, briefing Arnel de Mesa of the Department of Agriculture about the fine points of a 35Hp Branson tractor and its equipment. It is a powerful tractor that can be equipped with a disc plow, rotavator, front loader, levee maker and buck hoe. Another Korean machine that is showcased at the ongoing festival (last day today) is the Lee Hwa compact rice mill.

A record crowd of more than 500 farmers and other visitors attended the first day of the three-day harvest festival which ends today, Saturday, at the Farm 2 of Agri-Tech Integrated Services (ATISCO) in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City, Batangas.

The attendees observed the high-value crops planted by three leading seed companies that include East-West Seed, Allied Botanical Corporation and Bayer Vegetable Seeds. Aside from vegetables and other high-value crops, there was also a showcase of Korean agricultural machines that include the Branson tractor and its equipment, and the compact Lee Hwa rice mill.

The farmers and other attendees also listened to the agricultural programs of the local government unit headed by Mayor Antonio Halili and other city and agriculture officials. Also speaking before the attendees were Arnel de Mesa and Jennifer Remoquillo of the Department of Agriculture.

De Mesa is the OIC regional executive director of the DA field office in Calabarzon and national deputy project director of the Philippine Rural Development project. Remoquillo, on the other hand, is the national coordinator of the National High-Value Crops Development Program.

De Mesa expounded on the priority projects under the PRDP and challenged the local administrators to come up with projects that can be funded by the program. Among the priority crops that can be funded are cacao, coffee and other high-value crops.

The PRDP is  funded by a P27-billion loan from the World Bank to support infrastructure development like farm-to=market roads, bridges, irrigation systems, and potable water.

Another target is the promotion of agricultural enterprises that don’t only include production but also value-adding through processing, and marketing.

Another loan of $450 million from the World Bank is also under negotiation for the continuation of the PRDP.

HIGH-VALUE CROPS – The Prolifica variety of ampalaya is a notable new hybrid that is owned by Bayer Vegetable Seeds but is rumored to be distributed by another seed company that has a wide distribution network in the country.

Prolifica produces a lot of beautiful cylindrical fruits. It is a robust plant that seems to be resistant to disease as could be observed at the trial planting at the ATISCO farm.

Another impressive new variety is the Anokhi gourd or upo growing at the ATISCO farm. It is producing a lot of cylindrical fruits that are long and slender.

There are other notable varieties like tomatoes, eggplant, sitao, cucumber, pepper, squash and more.

ATISCO is also doing its own trial of new crop varieties like peanut, sesame and even coconut. It is interesting to note ATISCO’s closely planted coconuts which are intercropped with vegetables. Dante Delima explained that the closely planted coconuts are intended for the production of “ubod” or coconut heart which is a high-priced ingredient for lumpia.

VEGGIE TRAINING CENTER – One major purpose of holding the harvest festival, according to Delima, is to make the farmers realize that there is money in growing high-value vegetables. Eventually Farm 2 could become a training center for the production of vegetables and other high-value crops.

The farmers could then become contract growers for ATISCO which is currently producing rice and vegetables fot the requirements of the canteen of Yazaki Torres Manufacturing Corporation, mother company of ATISCO. Yazaki is said to have 14,000 strong employees who eat at the Yazaki canteen and also buy rice and vegetables in the ATISCO market inside the Yazaki compound for their home consumption.