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Urban Agri trade fair a big success

The two-day Urban Agriculture trade fair on September 17-18 was a big hit at the Market! Market! Central Plaza in Taguig City. The event is part of a continuing project of Agriculture Magazine of Manila Bulletin.

The trade fair was the third of a series that Agriculture Magazine plans to undertake in the coming years to promote farming and gardening in the urban areas. There are many plants and even small animals that can be produced for food in limited space, using innovative techniques of production.

  • COSTALES ORGANIC PORK PRODUCTS – Costales Nature Farms based in Majayjay, Laguna, showcased its organic pork products at the two-day Urban Agriculture Trade Fair at the Market! Market! In Taguig City recently. These include Prokganic sisig, tapa, tocino, longganisa, and others. The farm is also known for its organic vegetables like different varieties of lettuce, cucumber, tomato, green onion, culinary herbs and many others. The farm has become an agritourist destination and is also a training center for people who would like to go into organic farming. Photo shows Urban Agri visitors at the Costales booth.

    COSTALES ORGANIC PORK PRODUCTS – Costales Nature Farms based in Majayjay, Laguna, showcased its organic pork products at the two-day Urban Agriculture Trade Fair at the Market! Market! In Taguig City recently. These include Prokganic sisig, tapa, tocino, longganisa, and others. The farm is also known for its organic vegetables like different varieties of lettuce, cucumber, tomato, green onion, culinary herbs and many others. The farm has become an agritourist destination and is also a training center for people who would like to go into organic farming. Photo shows Urban Agri visitors at the Costales booth.

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  • MUSHROOMS AT THE TRADE FAIR – Different species of mushrooms were showcased at the Urban Agriculture Trade Fair at the Market! Market! In Taguig City. It is understandable because mushrooms are very good candidates for growing in urban areas. The mushrooms showcased included Ganoderma which is known for its medicinal properties, shitake, oyster and others. One of the exhibitors is Eric Rodriguez of Tanauan City showing his Ganoderma in photo.

    MUSHROOMS AT THE TRADE FAIR – Different species of mushrooms were showcased at the Urban Agriculture Trade Fair at the Market! Market! In Taguig City. It is understandable because mushrooms are very good candidates for growing in urban areas. The mushrooms showcased included Ganoderma which is known for its medicinal properties, shitake, oyster and others. One of the exhibitors is Eric Rodriguez of Tanauan City showing his Ganoderma in photo.

  • LECTURE ON THE MOST COMPLETE FOOD IN THE WORLD – At the Urban Agri trade show, Patricia Puente Suanino conducted a lecture on Aztec Spirulina  produced in Cainta, Rizal. Spirulina is considered by the United Nations FAO as the most complete food in the world. Aztec Spirulina has been analyzed to contain 72 percent protein which is higher than the reported analysis of its counterpart from Australia. Aztec Spirulina comes in capsules as well as in granule forms. There is also a 5-in-one coffee blend containing spirulina and mangosteen extract.

    LECTURE ON THE MOST COMPLETE FOOD IN THE WORLD – At the Urban Agri trade show, Patricia Puente Suanino conducted a lecture on Aztec Spirulina produced in Cainta, Rizal. Spirulina is considered by the United Nations FAO as the most complete food in the world. Aztec Spirulina has been analyzed to contain 72 percent protein which is higher than the reported analysis of its counterpart from Australia. Aztec Spirulina comes in capsules as well as in granule forms. There is also a 5-in-one coffee blend containing spirulina and mangosteen extract.

  • AANI FARM TOUR TO VISIT  ATISCO FARM ON SEPT. 25 – The Atisco Farm 2 in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City in Batangas will be visited by participants of the AANI Farm Tour on Sunday, September 25. This is the farm where three major seed companies showcased their  improved vegetable varieties like ampalaya, upo, tomato, pepper, okra, squash, eggplant and others. The farm is used to produce the vegetable requirements of the 14,000 employees of Yazaki Torres Manufacturing Company based in Calamba City. A harvest festival was recently held on the same farm which was attended by more than 500 visitors on the first day alone. Photo shows Dante Delima, Atisco operations manager, posing with fruitful new upo variety. Those interested to join the tour should get in touch with Jocelyn Mahipus at 0917-242-9785 or visit her at AANI at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

    AANI FARM TOUR TO VISIT ATISCO FARM ON SEPT. 25 – The Atisco Farm 2 in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City in Batangas will be visited by participants of the AANI Farm Tour on Sunday, September 25. This is the farm where three major seed companies showcased their improved vegetable varieties like ampalaya, upo, tomato, pepper, okra, squash, eggplant and others. The farm is used to produce the vegetable requirements of the 14,000 employees of Yazaki Torres Manufacturing Company based in Calamba City. A harvest festival was recently held on the same farm which was attended by more than 500 visitors on the first day alone. Photo shows Dante Delima, Atisco operations manager, posing with fruitful new upo variety. Those interested to join the tour should get in touch with Jocelyn Mahipus at 0917-242-9785 or visit her at AANI at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

  • UPLB LOS BAÑOS BOOTH – The exhibit booth of the University of the Philippines Los Baños showcased edible gardening in containers highlighting camote tops production, different lettuce varieties, culinary herbs and others. The booth also showcased tissue cultured banana planting materials, improved corn varieties, probiotic inoculants, biofertilizers and other  products of research. UPLB is one of the partners of Manila Bulletin’s Agriculture Magazine in staging the Urban Agri Trade Fair.

    UPLB LOS BAÑOS BOOTH – The exhibit booth of the University of the Philippines Los Baños showcased edible gardening in containers highlighting camote tops production, different lettuce varieties, culinary herbs and others. The booth also showcased tissue cultured banana planting materials, improved corn varieties, probiotic inoculants, biofertilizers and other products of research. UPLB is one of the partners of Manila Bulletin’s Agriculture Magazine in staging the Urban Agri Trade Fair.

A number of entrepreneurs have shown that mushrooms can be grown practically every where in the city. Eric Rodriguez of Tanauan City was very proud in showing the Ganoderma mushrooms that he grows in his home. This is a special species with medicinal attributes.

He also displayed shitake mushrooms, a species that is usually grown in the highlands where the weather is cool. He disclosed that the beautiful shitake mushroom that he displayed in his booth was grown  by a friend in the lowland of General Santos City. The secret? It was produced in an ice plant.

Carol Goitia was also very proud in showcasing burger and tapa mushrooms as well as other preparations. These are organically produced food products that are claimed to be good for a healthy lifestyle.

Speaking of healthy food, the Aztec Spirulina produced by Engr. Napoleon Puente and his family in Cainta, Rizal, was a big hit at the trade fair, especially among the elderly. Spirulina has been tagged by the UN FAO as the most complete food in the world. The locally produced Aztec Spirulina has been analyzed to contain 72 percent protein.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is cultured under very hygienic environment at the Cainta farm of Aztec Spirulina Company. The company processes the harvested algae into capsules and granules. It has also developed a 5-in-one coffee blend containing among others spirulina and mangosteen extract.

The University of the Philippines Los Baños showcased at the trade fair its edible gardening technique using plastic pots and other containers for growing plants. The potted vegetables are grown in vertical gardening style so that even a limited space can produce significant amounts of vegetables for home use or for selling in the market..

The university also showcased the commerciable technologies that have been developed by its scientists. These include the UP Var 6, a white corn variety that is high-yielding and which is highly suitable for human food. The variety has a low glycemic index so it is highly recommended for people who have high sugar content in their blood. It is recommended for diabetics as well as for people with no health problems.

Other products of research from Los Baños are different biofertilizers that contain a lot of beneficial microorganisms that accelerate plant growth and at the same time make the plants more resistant to stresses. There are also inoculants that enhance the growth of seedlings.

ORGANIC PORK – The award-winning Costales Nature Farms based in Majayjay, Laguna, showcased its organic pork products like tapa, tocino, sisig, longganisa and others. Aside from pork, the Costales farm also has organic eggs and chicken. These are in addition to the organic vegetables it produces for the commercial market.

The Costales farm has become a favorite tourist destination for people interested in organic farming. It has become a training center for people who would like to venture into organic farming either as an honest-to-goodness business or as a hobby.

In sum, there were so many useful ideas that were highlighted in the exhibits as well as in the lectures during the two-day urban agri fair. Expect more practical ideas in forthcoming similar events.