Archive for April, 2012

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Country To Export More Sugar To US

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines will be exporting more sugar to the United States (US) at a lower tax rate or tariff with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) giving the country additional quota allocations of 75,540 metric tons (MT), bringing to 204,367 MT the total country allocation for the year. The country gets the [...]

Medicinal Plant: Melon (Cucumis melo Linn.)

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Family • Cucurbitaceae Melon Cucumis melo Linn. CANTALOUPE Cai gua Scientific names Common names Cucumis melo Linn. Atimon (Bis.) Inkug (Sul.) Itimon (Ilk.) Katimon (Bis.) Melon (Span., Tag.) Cantaloupe (Engl.) Musk melon (Engl.) Cai gua (Chin.) Botany Melon is a spreading, annual, more or less hairy vine. Leaves are somewhat rounded, angled, 6 to 15 [...]

Malaysia, PHL eye more palm oil partnerships

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

KUALA Lumpur is hopeful that more joint ventures between Malaysian and Filipino companies will be forged and more investments will pour into the expansion of palm oil plantations in the Philippines to meet growing local demand for the commodity. %%anc%% The Malaysian Oil Palm Council (MPOC) said the Malaysian government is keen on working closely [...]

Medicinal Plant: Sage

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Family • Lamiaceae Sage Salvia officinalis SCARLET SAGE Common Names Common sage Meadow sage Garden sage Dalmatian sage True sage Spanish sage Scarlet sage Botany A perennial shrub with wiry and squared stems. Leaves are opposite. grayish green, softly hairy or velvety. long stalked with round-toothed margins. Flowers are axillary, in whorls of 4 to [...]

Medicinal Plant: Letsugas

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Family • Asteraceae Lactuca sativa Linn. LETTUCE Wo ju Scientific names Common names Lactuca sativa Linn. Letsugas (Tag.) Lactuca scariola Linn. Lettuce (Engl.) Lechuga (Span.) Sheng cai (Chin.) Saang choy (Chin.) Botany Letsugas is an erect, usually simple, annual, smooth, very leafy herb reaching a height of 1 meter when in flower. Leaves are stalkless, [...]

Solar plants rather than growing crops, say CARP farmers

Friday, April 20th, 2012

INSTEAD of planting on their land awarded through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, several beneficiaries are opting to lease their lots to a private company that wants to put up 50 small solar power plants in various parts of the country. Farmers in Morong, Bataan, are looking at the offer by Sunnex Solar Powered Agri-Rural [...]

DA keen on bid-out of P1.25B grains terminals this year

Friday, April 20th, 2012

THE government wants to bid out a P1.25-billion project that will establish bulk handling systems for corn all over the Philippines by the end of the year. The Department of Agriculture (DA) disclosed that the feasibility study for the Grains Central Project—to be rolled out under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme—is now ongoing. “We’re still [...]

DPWH to use more coco net in infra projects

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

GOOD news for coconut farmers. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will soon be using coco net in its various projects to help expand its local market and give the coconut industry its much-needed boost. Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Merly M. Cruz, who is also the Coco Coir Technical Working Group [...]

High Prices Can Attract Innovators

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Corn prices are at record high levels. Costs for other agricultural essentials, from wheat to coffee to rice, have surged, too. And many people are stunned, even, frightened, by all the increases. But some entrepreneurs and analysts – recognizing that relative price increases in specific goods always encourage innovators to find ways around the problem [...]

DA to continue commercializing Golden Rice

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is bent on continuing its plans to commercialize biotech crops, particularly Golden Rice, in the hope of increasing farmers’ incomes and reducing health risks among Filipinos. In a statement, DA Biotechnology Program Implementing Unit (BPIU) Director Candida Adalla said planting biotech crops offer farmers the best option to increase their [...]

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