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  • SAN FABIAN KSK GRADUATES – Photo shows some of the farmers who participated in Batch 115 of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ training program of SM Foundation in San Fabian, Pangasinan posing with the melons and other high-value crops that they produced. The trainees consisted of 104 farmers who were joined by six students from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, beneficiaries of the Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program and agriculturists. The KSK program was started in Bacolod City in 2007 by the SM Foundation in collaboration with Harbest Agribusiness headed by Toto Barcelona. Since then, it has trained 12,750 farmer graduates nationwide.

    SAN FABIAN KSK GRADUATES – Photo shows some of the farmers who participated in Batch 115 of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ training program of SM Foundation in San Fabian, Pangasinan posing with the melons and other high-value crops that they produced. The trainees consisted of 104 farmers who were joined by six students from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, beneficiaries of the Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program and agriculturists. The KSK program was started in Bacolod City in 2007 by the SM Foundation in collaboration with Harbest Agribusiness headed by Toto Barcelona. Since then, it has trained 12,750 farmer graduates nationwide.

  • ASHITABA TEA – Joy de Luna shows Adelle Ashitaba tea products which were among the bestsellers at the recent Urban Agriculture trade fair held at Market! Market! in Taguig City. Ashitaba is an herb with lots of medicinal attributes. It is made into tea, capsules and its leaves can be cooked as vegetable.

    ASHITABA TEA – Joy de Luna shows Adelle Ashitaba tea products which were among the bestsellers at the recent Urban Agriculture trade fair held at Market! Market! in Taguig City. Ashitaba is an herb with lots of medicinal attributes. It is made into tea, capsules and its leaves can be cooked as vegetable.

  • BIG SABA BUNCH – This big bunch of saba banana was exhibited by UP Los Baños in its booth at the recent Urban Agriculture trade show at the Market! Market! in Taguig City. If undertaken as an honest-to-goodness business using improved techniques, saba banana production can be a profitable agricultural project.

    BIG SABA BUNCH – This big bunch of saba banana was exhibited by UP Los Baños in its booth at the recent Urban Agriculture trade show at the Market! Market! in Taguig City. If undertaken as an honest-to-goodness business using improved techniques, saba banana production can be a profitable agricultural project.

  • BRISK SALES AT KSK GRADUATION – The graduates of the KSK Farmers Training Program in San Fabian, Pangasinan, enjoyed brisk sales of their harvest during the harvest festival that preceded their graduation rites. Most of the buyers are market vendors and representatives of marketing companies scouting for new vegetable suppliers.

    BRISK SALES AT KSK GRADUATION – The graduates of the KSK Farmers Training Program in San Fabian, Pangasinan, enjoyed brisk sales of their harvest during the harvest festival that preceded their graduation rites. Most of the buyers are market vendors and representatives of marketing companies scouting for new vegetable suppliers.

  • IMPROVED WHITE CORN FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION – The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) showcased the latest white corn variety that they have developed at the recent Urban Agriculture trade show at the Market! Market! in Taguig City. UP Var 6 is high-yielding and is claimed to have a low glycemic index so that it is highly recommended for milling as rice substitute for human consumption.

    IMPROVED WHITE CORN FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION – The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) showcased the latest white corn variety that they have developed at the recent Urban Agriculture trade show at the Market! Market! in Taguig City. UP Var 6 is high-yielding and is claimed to have a low glycemic index so that it is highly recommended for milling as rice substitute for human consumption.

  • EXOTIC FRUIT TREES AT THE TRADE SHOW – A lot of people showed keen interest in exotic fruit trees that were showcased during the recent Urban Agriculture trade fair at the Market! Market! in Taguig City. They expressed interest in growing fruit trees in containers after listening to a talk on growing chico, imported makopa, atis, lemon, pummelo and many other varieties in containers. Photo shows some of the visitors who visited the booth of Sarian Farm that exhibited planting materials of exotic fruit trees.

    EXOTIC FRUIT TREES AT THE TRADE SHOW – A lot of people showed keen interest in exotic fruit trees that were showcased during the recent Urban Agriculture trade fair at the Market! Market! in Taguig City. They expressed interest in growing fruit trees in containers after listening to a talk on growing chico, imported makopa, atis, lemon, pummelo and many other varieties in containers. Photo shows some of the visitors who visited the booth of Sarian Farm that exhibited planting materials of exotic fruit trees.

  • HANGING MELONS – One way to ensure uniform coloration of the skin of honeydew melon and other melons that are grown and left to crawl on the open field is to install bamboo poles about 1.5 feet above the ground into which the fruiting vines  are attached so that their fruits will not touch the ground. When the fruits are left to lay on the ground, the portion touching the ground will have a different color from the portions that are exposed to full sun. Discriminating buyers prefer to buy fruits that have uniform skin coloration all over its parts. The photo above was provided by Julius Barcelona of Known You Philippines.

    HANGING MELONS – One way to ensure uniform coloration of the skin of honeydew melon and other melons that are grown and left to crawl on the open field is to install bamboo poles about 1.5 feet above the ground into which the fruiting vines are attached so that their fruits will not touch the ground. When the fruits are left to lay on the ground, the portion touching the ground will have a different color from the portions that are exposed to full sun. Discriminating buyers prefer to buy fruits that have uniform skin coloration all over its parts. The photo above was provided by Julius Barcelona of Known You Philippines.

Visitors who will attend the Agrilink trade show on October 6 to 8 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City will have a wide choice of seminars to attend during the three-day event.

This was announced by Antonio V. Roces, president of Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development (FRLD) which is the lead organizer of the country’s premier agricultural trade expo.

INDIGENOUS CROPS – On October 6, the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) in cooperation with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) will discuss the various indigenous food crops found in different parts of the country.

These include the sugod-sugod and kapas-kapas which are vine crops with edible fruits and shoots found in the Ilocos region. Another is the lagikway which is found in many parts of the country that include Quezon, Marinduque, Dinagat Island and other parts of Mindanao and the Visayas. Frederic Odejar of UPLB will discuss the health benefits of these indigenous crops as well as the ways they can be prepared as food and non-food products.

MUSHROOMS – BAR’s regional field office 5, in coordination with the Bicol Integrated Agricultural Research Center (BIARC), will discuss the latest research on the production of mushroom and its byproducts such as ice cream, catsup, crackers, soup, pickled and dried mushrooms. BIARC’s Pedro Oliver will also discuss the proper methods of making mushroom spawn as well as postharvest, marketing and commercialization methods involved in the value chain.

HERBS AND SPICES – Dr. Estela Taño, technical consultant of Green Rescue Organic Association based in Tiaong, Quezon will conduct a seminar about the utilization of various herbs and spices as natural alternatives to synthetic remedies for ailments such as body pains, wounds and splinters. She will also conduct a demonstration on the use of herbs and spices like turmeric, native ginger, oregano and ground coffee.

INVESTMENT FORUM – On October 6, the Department of Agriculture’s Agribusiness and Marketing Service in partnership with other agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)  will hold an investment forum and B2B seminars together with the Korean trade mission on food processing, including kimchi manufacturing, seaweed and seafood processing, fruit beverages and poultry; non-food agricultural processing such as coconut coir; biomass renewable energy from wood pellets; and biotechnology.

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING – On October 7, UPLB will conduct a seminar on the business opportunities in edible landscaping, the integration of food plants in designing ornamental landscapes. There will also be an investment forum on how to start a poultry egg business. The DA will also agribusinesses can increase their trade with the country’s free trade area partners. The forum will also provide information on how to avail of preferential tariffs, access to market information, and how to develop linkages as well as how to penetrate and expand export and market share to partner economies.

On October 8, DA will conduct a series of information sessions focused on providing guidance and direction to agribusinesses and other related stakeholders about compliance with the latest regulations on food fussiness. Free-range chicken production will also be conducted. Seminars on various fisheries topics will also be conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in collaboration with the private sector.