Author: Raffy Rico

University faculty from 6 countries convene to tackle challenges of Fourth Industrial Revolution

Faculty members of eight universities from six countries gathered in Los Baños, Laguna at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) to participate in a faculty forum focused on responding to the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The faculty forum is an initiative of the SEARCA-initiated Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC). Its inaugural run last July 23-24 was jointly organized by SEARCA and UPLB. A total of 66 participants came from UC members, namely: UPLB;...

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Da-BAR Pinondohan ang Pagpoproseso sa pagawa ng Coco Water

Masasabing ang puno ng niyog ay makikita saan mang lugar sa Pilipinas particular sa mga probinsiya. Ang bunga ng niyog ay maraming pakinabang, particular ang laman ng bunga nito na maaaring gawing pangata sa gulay ang katas nito, kapag malambot pa ang laman maaring gawing Buko salad, Ice Buko, Minatamis na buko, Buko ice cream at marami pang iba, maari ring gawing kopra naman sakaling matigas na ang laman nito para gawing Coconut oil. Isa sa pinagtutuunan ng pansin ngayon ng ilang grupo ang sabaw ng sariwang bunga nito, na tinatawag natin sa English na buko water Juice, maraming pakinabang ang buko Juice o sabaw nito sa katawan ng tao, kaya nitong pawiin ang pagka uhaw ng isang tao, at may maganda rin itong dulot sa katawan ng tao. Ayon kay Dr. Ofero Capariño ng Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization o PhilMech, mas matamis ng 5.5–6.5ᴼ Brix (deg-ree briks) ang sabaw ng buko o “young coconut” ngunit mas madami umanong benepisyong makukuha sa sabaw ng niyog o “mature coconut” dahil di umano sa taglay nitong electrolytes (e-lek-tro-layts) na kailangan ng katawan tulad ng, potassium (po-ta-syum), sodium (sodyum), magnesium (mag-ne-syum), calcium (kal-syum) at phosphorus (fos-fo-rus). Base sa resultang nakalap ng Food and Agriculture Organization Corporate Statistical Database o FAOSTAT noong 2016, ikalawa ang Pilipinas sa mga bansang nag  poproduce ng niyog sa buong mundo. Mahigit 13.83 bilyong niyog...

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Testing of organic sweetpotato technologies in full swing

Technologies on the sustainable production of organic sweetpotato are currently being tested in Central Luzon. Spearheaded by Central Luzon State University’s (CLSU) Ramon Magsaysay Center for Agricultural Resources and Environment Studies (RM-CARES), the testings are part of the project titled, “Development of Package of Technology for Sustainable Organic Sweetpotato Production in Central Luzon.” The project aims to advocate the use of organic farming system among sweetpotato growers in the region. Funded by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) under the National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP), the project specifically intends to lessen the cost of production of farmers and their...

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CPAR on SSNM bears success for yellow corn farmers

(Patrick Raymund A. Lesaca/DA-BAR) Corn is one of the important crops produced in the Philippines. In Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, producing yellow corn is one of the main sources of livelihood among its farmers. However, one of the challenges experienced by the Sablayan corn farmers is low corn productivity. Around 70 percent of the farmers are producing below the national corn production average of 3-4 metric tons (mt) per hectare. Due to lack technical know-how and capital, some farmers are still following the recommended management practices and the amount of fertilizers to be applied. However, this changed when a research...

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China opens its doors to Philippine coconuts

  Eng Seng Food Products President John Tan shows-off the fresh young coconuts ready for export to China market. China, the world’s largest market is now opening its doors to Philippine coconut products particularly fresh young coconut or buko. This came after complying with the export protocol of the Chinese government which allows entry of Philippine coconuts from the Mindanao and Leyte province. A Davao-based company, Eng Seng Food Products in coordination with the Department of Agriculture in Region 11 (DA-11) and Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) will ship 48 tons or 36,000 pieces of aromatic coconuts to Guangzhou...

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Implementasyon sa Pagpapatupad ng EO No. 4 sa San Juan City, Ikinasa!

  Matapos na ipatupad ang implementasyon ng Executive Order No.4 na nagsasaad ng No Parking policy , nagkasa naman ng Libreng Sakay ang bagong upong Mayor na si Francis Zamora sa mga mananakay na bumibiyahe mula Wilson St. corner Ortigas Avenue hanggang paaralan ng Polytechnic University of the Philippines sa San Juan City. Ang programang Libreng Sakay umano, ay upang matugunan ang kakulangan at pangangailangan sa transportasyon ng mga sumasakay sa nasabing lugar particular ang mga lehitimong San Juaneño. Ito umano ay habang isinasaayos pa sa LTFRB ang mga prangkisa para sa mga pampasaherong jeep na bumibiyahe sa nasabing...

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DOST-PCAARRD revives its partnership with MARDI

With the goal to intensify its partnership and collaboration with international partners, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI), an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Agro Based Industry. The MOU was signed on June 26, 2019 at the PCAARRD Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. PCAARRD and MARDI have been partners since 1975. Two agreements were previously signed by the two agencies – in July 1975 and in November 1994....

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Filipino takes helm of Asian society for breeding research

Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio (left), SEARCA Director and new President of SABRAO, with outgoing SABRAO president Prof. Dr. Sang-Nag Ahn of Chungnam National University, South Korea. A Filipino has been elected president of an international society dedicated to basic and applied aspects of breeding research in economically important plants. Dr. Glenn B. Gregorio, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Academician and Director of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), is the new president of the Society for the Advancement of Breeding Research in Asia and Oceania (SABRAO) from 2019 to 2023....

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DENR, Isko, ininspeksyon ang estero na binahayan ng mga ISFs

Ni Precy Faustino-Lazaro BINISITA at sinuri nila Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso at ni Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu ang Estero de San Antonio Abad sa Barangay 718 sa Malate na pinamahayan ng pitumpu at isang informal settlers families o ISFs . Ayon kay Cimatu, ang 50 ISF’s ay nailipat na sa Tala, Caloocan City nuong Hunyo 25, 2019 at ang natitirang 21 ISF’s ay kailangang ilikas na para sa kanilang kaligtasan. Isa sa prayoridad ng DENR na linisin ang mga estero dahil ang mga dumi dito ay direktang dumadaloy patungong Manila Bay....

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TPBA PROPOSED TO INCREASE 5 PERCENT BIODIESEL COMPONENT ON 2021

By Precy Faustino-Lazaro THE Philippine Biodiesel Association (TPBA) has proposed to increase the percentage of the biodiesel component blended in locally available diesel to 5 percent by 2021 from the current level of 2 percent. Blending coco biodiesel or coconut methyl ester (CME) in local diesel started in 2007 upon the implementation of Republic Act No. 9367 or the Biofuels Act of 2006. On the first year of the law, diesel was blended with 1 percent CME. It was increased to 2 percent in 2007 and has remained at that level since. “The Philippines was the pioneer in Southeast...

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