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FIDA researchers develop fiber extracting machine
by Ramon Ma. Epino - May 28, 2006 - 12:00am
Farmers used to extract fibers through hand scraping or with the use of a manual spindle-stripping machine introduced by the Japanese. This device is stationary and poses hazards to its operators because it can chop...
Farmers earn good money from dairy production
by Ramon Ma. Epino - May 7, 2006 - 12:00am
Among the federation members of the Wangan Dairy Farmers Cooperatives (WADAC), the Davao Dairy Farmers Cooperative Federation of Dairy Farmers Cooperative stands out. Wangan is a hilly farming community 29 kilometers...
Cebu soon to become CV’s fruit basket
by Ramon Ma. Epino - April 2, 2006 - 12:00am
Rep. Simeon L. Kintanar of the second district of Cebu and Bernie Dizon (otherwise known as Ka Bernie, the country’s top pomologist) have launched an effort to make Cebu Central Visayas’ fruit basket. Financial...
From pharmacy to ulang raising
by Ramon Ma. Epino - March 12, 2006 - 12:00am
Pharmacist Floresma Alivia Dacuycuy runs a drugstore called Flores de Mayo, but she was lured into raising tilapia and freshwater shrimp or ulang. In 1999, she constructed two fishponds in their backyard with a...
From pharmacy to ulang raising
by Ramon Ma. Epino - March 12, 2006 - 12:00am
Pharmacist Floresma Alivia Dacuycuy runs a drugstore called Flores de Mayo, but she was lured into raising tilapia and freshwater shrimp or ulang. In 1999, she constructed two fishponds in their backyard with a...
PCA sets fine on illegal cutting of coco trees
by Ramon Ma. Epino - February 12, 2006 - 12:00am
People who cut coconut trees illegally will be fined P50,000 to P500,000 and imprisoned from one to six years, according to the revised set of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) issued by the Philippine...
Mantalongon: Vegetable basket of Central Visayas
by Ramon Ma. Epino - January 22, 2006 - 12:00am
Barangay Mantalongon, one of 33 barangays of Dalaguete, is considered the vegetable basket of Central Visayas and the hinterlands. It produces an average of 60 tons per day which is transported to neighboring cities...
74-year-old grandma makes it big in hybrid rice farming
by Ramon Ma. Epino - January 8, 2006 - 12:00am
In San Isidro, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur, there is this 74-year-old grandma who harvests 150 bags of hybrid rice per hectare. In 2001, her area for hybrid rice production increased to five hectares and the average yield...
Cement, flour sacks provide extra income for Iriga folk
by Ramon Ma. Epino - January 1, 2006 - 12:00am
Discarded cement and flour sacks are a source of money through recycling into an all-purpose handy basket of the rural women of Barangay San Agustin, Iriga City. Way back in 1978, emptied paper bags of cocoa and...
Corn cluster doubles income of Bicol co-ops
by Ramon Ma. Epino - December 25, 2005 - 12:00am
Barangay Maymatan in Goa, Bicol, is one of the barangays that comprises the corn cluster. They are organized and registered as Maymatan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MMC). With a total 141 members and assets of P3.4...
World organic market reaches $25B a year
by Ramon Ma. Epino - December 18, 2005 - 12:00am
So far Philippine exports of organically grown products are only about $8.23 which is a miniscule 0.0003292 percent of the total global trade ($25 billion) a year. With the Department of Agriculture’s P273...
Keeping RP bird flu-free
by Ramon Ma. Epino - November 27, 2005 - 12:00am
The Philippines is a bird flu-free country, thanks mainly to government policies as laid down by President Arroyo and Agriculture Secretary Domingo Flores Panganiban. Measures have been launched to protect. The...
World in disarray due to bird flu
by Ramon Ma. Epino - November 6, 2005 - 12:00am
The world is in disarray due to bird influenza. First the headlines: (1) APEC to discuss bird flu strategies; virus claims 60 lives in Asia; (2) Fighting bird flu in Southeast Asia will cost $100 M in next few years:...
Farmers can save using organic fertilizer
by Ramon Ma. Epino - October 30, 2005 - 12:00am
With the organic fertilizer program, a farmer can generate a savings of about P3,500 per hectare from the costs of inputs. This not only addresses the Department of Agriculture’s mandate to increase...
Hog farmers launch scholarship program
by Ramon Ma. Epino - October 2, 2005 - 12:00am
The National Federation of Hog Farmers, Inc. (NFHFI) will launch on Dec. 9 a scholarship program dubbed "Send a Scholar ng Farmer" at the Manila Pavilion. Guests at the launching include former Sen. Wigberto...
Quedancor loans generate 8,255 jobs
by Ramon Ma. Epino - September 25, 2005 - 12:00am
From January to August this year, Quedancor’s release of P379.91 million generated 8,255 jobs. This constitutes 11 percent of the total loans facilitated during the period amounting to P3.51 billion. Last year,...
Soil-less gardening for urban dwellers
by Ramon Ma. Epino - September 11, 2005 - 12:00am
If you’re living in an apartment you can grow vegetables in the windows through hydroponics or soil-less gardening. You can try the simple nutrient addition program or Snap Hydroponics. Its design is based on...
Cooperation between DA, hog farmers a must
by Ramon Ma. Epino - August 21, 2005 - 12:00am
Agriculture Secretary Domingo F. Panganiban in a forum recently with the National Federation of Hog Farmers Inc. (NFHFI) invited the hog farmers to "focus their modernization efforts on ensuring food security...
40 years in the service of agriculture
by Ramon Ma. Epino - August 14, 2005 - 12:00am
"I have always been a part of the Department of Agriculture family and I’m happy to be back home again!" This was how DA Secretary Domingo F. Panganiban described his feelings during the turnover ceremony...
Probiotics good for prawn
by Ramon Ma. Epino - June 12, 2005 - 12:00am
Quirino State College in Region 2 has "research" as one of its mandate. The college’s R&D conducts research in inland fisheries to generate technologies that would help the inland aquaculture industry...
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