• Farmers and their families reel from impact of typhoon Lando CAKED mud left an imprint on the bamboo floor as farmer Kadjo Domiquel’s feet climbed inside a nipa hut overlooking his farm destroyed by typhoon Lando. “You say climate change did this?” he nodded towards the field formerly green with a carpet of rice stalks. “If this’s change then it’s not for the betterment,” he […] Nonilon Reyes 4 min read
  • The search is on for drought-resistant rice (last of two parts) ‘Tall’ order’ DR. Chito Protacio, Philrice Executive Director, agrees it will take 12 years to develop a variety by conventional means, but “with biotech tools like market aided selection, we can shorten the process.” He said they are not talking about recombinant DNA, or genetically-engineered varieties yet like the research on “golden rice” which is […] Joel C. Paredes 1 min read
  • The search is on for drought-resistant rice (1st of two parts) AS a young boy, Roel R. Suralta had witnessed the seeming helplessness of farmers during the months that drought would hit Camotes island off Cebu province. “These dry months would mean a shortage not only in our corn production, but also our food,” said Suralta, an agriculture scientist who now heads the Philippine Rice Research […] Joel C. Paredes 4 min read
  • DoLE to assist workers affected by El Nino Workers to be affected by the El Niño dry spell need not worry as the Philippine government is allocating more than P600 million for their emergency employment. Advertisement Advertisement Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz gave the assurance particularly to workers in the agriculture sector since the farming industry in the country is the most threatened by the El […] Selies Galvez 4 min read
  • Alcala thinks ‘out -of –the-box’ AGRICULTURE Secretary Proceso Alcala sees the upcoming APEC Summit as an opportunity to showcase the gains of the Philippine agriculture industry under the Aquino administration. According to Alcala, the Philippines has a lot to be proud of in terms of best practices and success stories. Among these, he says, is the “out-of- the- box approach” […] Angie Chui 4 min read
  • Organic solution to Black Sigatoka developed A possible solution for the dreaded Black Sigatoka in conventional and organic production of banana has been presented to the Department of Agriculture (DA). The fungicide Timorex Gold- is said to be the first registered organic fungicide for the control of Black Sigatoka in the country, pursuant to RA 10068, otherwise known as the Organic […] Ian Go 2 min read
  • (Cotton) Plants vs. Worms This is not about a game, an app, or anything the selfie generation is so enamored with. Though the subject matter is basically the essence of what made the world see bears not as clawed killing machines, but as cuddly friends that children cannot go to sleep without, thanks to the toy being named after […] Ian Go 6 min read
  • The Precious Plant Called Rattan At first, Alfredo Gonzales found it confusing. They were supposed to protect the Calabgan watershed forest in Aurora province, but they were also being allowed to plant fruit trees. They were even encouraged to collect rattan wildlings from the forest as seedling massive planting in the DENR-protected area. All their harvest would eventually go to the […] Joel C. Paredes 4 min read
  • Animal-vaccine pioneer successfully mixes business with advocacy Eulalio “Ayong” Lorenzo, DVM, has come a long way from shoveling gravel, sand and cement as a construction worker in the ‘70s to build houses and earn money to be able to go to college and have a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Today, Doc Ayong, as he is popularly known, is a legitimate business mogul, […] Ian Go 7 min read
  • Hydroponics: Soil-less, cheap urban vegetable growing for Metro’s ‘common tao’ I’ve always thought that hydroponics was the future of agriculture, but had doubted if it could be propagated by the “common tao” as a sustainable food production system for urban areas. That was until I learned that this soil-less crop protection technology system is now being propagated by the University of the Philippines Los Baños, […] Joel C. Paredes 6 min read