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Harvest festival features veggies, farm machines

A three-day harvest festival starts today and will end on Saturday at the Farm 2 of Agri-Tech Integrated Services Co. (ATISCO) in Brgy. Talaga, Tanauan City. The event will feature a demonstration on the capabilities of Branson tractor from Korea using various land preparation equipment like rotavator, disc plow, levee maker, buck hoe and others. At the same time, the visitors will see for themselves the performance of various vegetable varieties and other high-value crops planted by participating seed companies that include Allied Botanical Corporation, Bayer Vegetable Seeds and East-West Seed. The seed companies have planted their favorite varieties so the farmers  can  see for themselves how the hybrids fare under the conditions obtaining in Tanauan City, particularly Farm 2 of  ATISCO.  ATISCO pioneers in a farming concept that starts with the production …

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Urban Agri Trade Fair

The 3rd Urban Agri Trade Fair will be held from Sept. 17 to 18 at the Market! Market! Central Plaza in Taguig City. The event is being held to show to urbanites creative ways of growing plants and small animals for food even in limited space around the home. The two-day event, free to the public, is a project of Agriculture Magazine and Manila Bulletin to showcase doable food production techniques that can be adopted by urban residents. It will be participated in by companies and private individuals who will showcase their products and services needed in urban farming and gardening. Fresh vegetables and fruits as well as processed products will be available for sale to the visitors. Other items will include grow bags, growing media, seeds, ready-to-plant seedlings, planting materials of …

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Mechanization is the way to go in farming

In the past, about the only form mechanization in the Philippines was the use of tractors in tilling the land. That was fine but times have changed. Some have expressed before that mechanization would displace the manual workers in the farm. That is not true. With more machines that produce bigger harvests, there are new opportunities for people to be employed in higher-paying employment in the community. With higher income of farmers, there are new investments that could be made. Today, it is possible to mechanize many farm chores. The latest we have gathered is that FIT Corea which distributes various Korean farm machines in the Philippines is introducing a direct-seeding machine for rice. This can seed four hectares in one day, according to FIT Corea president Philip Kim. The good thing about …

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Animal nutrition innovations at Agrilink

Innovations in animal health and nutrition will be showcased at the Agrilink trade show slated on October 6 to 8 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Doing the honors will be the Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (UNAHCO), a leader in its field. The company manufactures and distributes animal health and nutrition products for swine, poultry, gamefowl, pigeons, dogs and fish. To bolster its capability to meet the requirements of the industry, it has formed alliances with global leaders in the field of animal health and nutrition such as Akey Nutrition and Research Center, Alltech, Novus International and Royal DSM in the development of new specialty ingredients, innovative products, new inputs and technologies. UNAHCO president and COO Ricardo C. Alba said: “Celebrating 50 years in the animal health industry, …

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Kids taught importance of farming

A leisure farm in Taiwan has way of inculcating the importance of agriculture in the young minds of kids and their parents. This is at the Tongshan Rice and Tea Resort, a member of the Taiwan Leisure Farms Development Association based in Yilan county. We visited the place recently in the company of other journalists and travel agents. What did we find when we arrived there? About a dozen kids less than ten years old accompanied by their mothers. The kids were really enjoying straining and mixing the medium for producing mushroom spawns. Tongshan township is where 40,000 people, mostly farmers, reside. Several years back, Tammy Chien decided to convert an old warehouse into a learning center with focus on farming. The town’s four main products are rice, mushroom, pomelo and tea. At …

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Consider the lowly saba banana

The often taken-for-granted saba banana could be more profitable than you think. While we were in Davao City recently, we met Ponchit Ponce Enrile who is managing a commercial farm in Lipa City. He was so ecstatic briefing us about the money-making potential of the saba banana, especially when it is grown in Luzon where the farm gate price is higher than in Mindanao. Ponchit said that in Luzon the usual ex-farm price per piece of saba is R2 which is far below the usual price we pay in the market where the fruit is sold by the kilo. Nevertheless the P2 price per piece can already be profitable for the farmer. Here is how. There are usually 2,000 hills of saba that can be planted in one hectare. Two plants (not more) …

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Garden people you’d love to meet in Davao

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to cover the Kadayawan Farm and Agri-trade Fair in Davao City which is actually a garden show where horticultural exhibits are staged and where commercial as well as hobby gardeners sell their products. The show is ongoing and will end on August 31. The ornamental horticulture industry is very much alive in Davao City and beyond. At the garden show no less than 400 gardeners and traders are offering their goods to the public. These include a lot of orchids, all kinds of flowering and foliage ornamental plants as well garden supplies. At the garden show, we saw a lot of interesting plants, some very rare for the plant collectors while others are the favorite varieties for landscaping in homes and big commercial projects. If …

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Agri-bazaar is for budding entrepreneurs

The Agri-bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City is becoming a favorite venue for young, budding entrepreneurs in launching their products. Just like members of Samahan ng mga Rizaleño sa Sektor ng Agrikultura at Pagkain (SARAP) that include young professionals. Last August 18-20, they got a big space for the members to showcase their products at the Agri-Bazaar. Mona Borromeo who took up business management in college is a young mother who put up Hot Mama with literally hot products. She specializes in hot chili sauce, chili powder and chili vinegar. She takes pride in the fact that her sauce was a prize winner in a previous competition in a chili festival organized by ChilliHeads Philippines. Her business is only three years old but she says she is doing …

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Agrilink awaits you

Whether you are an ordinary farmer, an agribusiness operator, hobbyist, inputs supplier, trader, academic or just an ordinary consumer, you should visit the 2016 edition of Agrilink. This is the country’s biggest agricultural expo which will be held on Oct. 6 to 8 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. By attending the trade fair, you could pick up a lot of ideas that you can convert into profitable business projects. Say you can buy a dozen pullets and a couple of roosters of the Paraoakan chicken. That can launch your own native chicken business in your own province. Native chickens can multiply fast and you can make money by selling the native eggs, six-month old pullets or cocks for meat, or you can sell them as breeders. Native chickens …

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Urban Agriculture Expo slated on September 17-18

The third Urban Agriculture Expo will be staged on September 17-18 at the Market Marke Central Plaza in Taguig City. The two-day event is a project of the Manila Bulletin and Agriculture Magazine to familiarize urban dwellers about many food production projects that they can undertake right in their homes. Different ways of growing vegetables will be showcased by seed companies as well as  hobbyists and commercial growers. The new varieties that are highly productive will be made available by seed companies like Allied Botanical Corporation, East-West Seed Company and others. Visitors will be able to see the vegetable starter kit developed by Ramgo intended for teaching school children how to start propagating vegetables. Each kit includes a biodegradable pot, potting medium, seeds, fertilizer and a piece of paper where the school …

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