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Hybrid Rice Production Technology

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

  Three hybrid rice varieties have been developed, namely: PSB Rc26H (Magat), PSB Rc72H(Mestizo), and PSB Rc76H (Panay). However, only Mestizo is currently available and recommended for nationwide planting. This variety is soft when cooked, aromatic, and is comparable to or better in eating quality than IR64.

What is Hybrid Rice?

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

  Hybrid rice is the commercial rice crop from F1 seeds of cross between two genetically dissimilar parents. Good rice hybrids have potential of yielding 15-20% more than the best inbred variety grown under similar conditions. To exploit the benefits of hybrid rice, farmers have to buy fresh seeds every cropping season.

9 Basic Steps Towards A Bountiful Corn Harvest

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

  1. Choosing the appropriate variety or hybrid and securing good quality seeds In choosing the appropriate variety, consider adaptability to climatic conditions, potential yield, maturity resistance to insect pests and diseases, and market demand. Use only high quality seeds to avoid thinning of seedlings or expensive replanting operations. Seeds properly treated with insecticides, for [...]

New Genetic Types of Cacao Discovered by Scientists

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Genetic analysis of cacao reveals that there are more types of the chocolate plant than previously known. For chocolate lovers out there, your options just tripled. Scientists have discovered that there are actually 10 genetic types of cacao, the plant from which chocolate is made, rather than the mere three that were thought to exist.

The Philippine Rice Crisis: Pay the Price

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Rice accounts for up to 40% of the calorie intake of Filipinos. Meals are incomplete without it. The Philippines had gone from being a major exporter of rice in the 1960’s to the world’s largest importer today. This dependence makes the country vulnerable to price and supply fluctuations in the world market. Lack of focus [...]

Hog industry players, DA agree to slash pork prices to P140-P150 per kilo

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Major players in the hog industry from producers and meat processors down to wholesalers and retailers have agreed with agriculture officials to pull down the cost of prime pork cuts ahead of the Christmas season by agreeing on a “reference price” ranging from P140 to P150 per kilo of choice cuts like pigue, kasim and [...]

D.A. okays P3 hike in yellow corn support price

Monday, October 6th, 2008

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has already approved the government’s new buying price of P11.50 per kilo of yellow corn in support of President Arroyo’s goal to boost farm production as well as farmers’ incomes. Agriculture officials are also studying the further increase in the support price by another P1.50 in the future in order [...]

DA’s ‘pinaka-best’ of agri products competition now on its 2nd year

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

The Department of Agriculture is set to present the awards on October 11 to the winners of this year’s search for the best Philippine farm and fishery products in terms of size, weight and physical appearance, an annual competition now on its second year that aims to recognize domestic producers of extraordinary crops and fishes. [...]

D.A. implementing revised policies, strategies in pursuit of PGMA’s F.E.E.L.D.S program

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

D.A. implementing revised policies, strategies in pursuit of PGMA’s  F.E.E.L.D.S program intervention measures and  put in place a pro-active program management structure that would strengthen  the implementation and efficient use of appropriated program funds under President Arroyo’s FIELDS initiative. DA Secretary Arthur Yap underscored this point in response to the management audit report done by [...]

BPI Continuously issues Onion Import Permits

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

The Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) denied reports that it stopped issuing onion plant quarantine clearance or import permit.  Responding to the newspaper article issued yesterday in some dailies, Director Joel Rudinas of BPI said that onion import permits are issued to eligible importer applicants since June 13 this year and never stopped since then [...]

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