"To enhance and institutionalize the e-Extension system in agriculture, fisheries, and natural resources for optimal application, utilization and exchange among users and partners."

Department Order No. 03 series of 2007 designates the Agricultural Training Institute as lead agency for the provision of e-Extension services in collaboration with the various agencies, bureaus and organizational units of the DA. This is to integrate and harmonize ICT-based extension delivery system for agriculture and fisheries.

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DA: Organic black rice from SOCCSKSARGEN to be sold in US

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:13
by Joeven Calasagsag.  

gmanetwork.com; February 5, 2015 8:28pm
Organic black rice from SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City) will be sold in the US, the regional office of the Department of Agriculture said. "Don Bosco MPC (Multi-Purpose Cooperative) will be sending two tons of organic black rice to Los Angeles, California this first or second week of February," Don Bosco MPC General Manager Romano Laurilla said in a statement from DA Region 12.
Don Bosco MPC is based in M'lang in North Cotabato. Don Bosco MPC's organic rice has already reached markets in Dubai, Hong Kong, Germany and Netherlands. "The shipment in February will comprise the second batch  of black  rice exported to the US. The maiden delivery of one ton was made in November 2014," Laurilla said. Don Bosco's black rice is distributed in the US under the brand Social Products. It is described as "an organic line of black and red rice from the Philippines grown by small co-op farmers in Mindanao, Philippines." Laurilla said Don Bosco MPC's black rice will be "parceled in one-pound and five-pound packages" and placed in specially-designed box "in accordance with their partner's efforts to sell the organic cereal as a premium product."  He said several restaurants in Los Angeles are already waiting for Don Bosco MPC's product. "If this continues, our  organic rice  could  also be  marketed in other parts of the US," Laurilla said. Don Bosco MPC's organic black, red and brown rice are grown on more than 500 hectares in the towns of M’lang, Tulunan, Midsayap and President Roxas in North Cotabato and Surallah in South Cotabato. — (Kathryn Mae P. Tubadeza/JDS, GMA News)
Source: DA: Organic black rice from SOCCSKSARGEN to be sold in US

Ilocos Norte to have largest coffee farm in Northern Luzon

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 13:27
by Joeven Calasagsag.  

mb.com.ph; February 2, 2015
Piddig, Ilocos Norte – The development of at least 1,600 – hectare upland area of this town covered with pine trees as a  viable coffee plantation site is now  underway through a convergent initiative of various national government agencies.
Initially, a total of 10 hectares would serve as pilot area of the project. This was already planted with the seedlings of Arabica coffee variety. More or less 337,000 seedlings of kawkawate tree and 71,000 seedlings of timber tree specie were also planted on same site as shade for the growing coffee seedlings.
Piddig Mayor Eduardo Guillen said the project was designed as development strategy to effectively utilize the town’s untapped land and labor resources and in turn to raise their economic output, create jobs and reduce poverty.
COFFEE SEEDLING NURSERY – These workers are busy transplanting the seedling of Arabica, a coffee variety, in a five-hectare nursery located at Sitio Lammin, Dupitac, Piddig town that would be ready for massive planting. (Freddie G. Lazaro)
Once the coffee plantation project is completed in Sitio Lammin, Barangay Dupitac, Piddig town, this would be the largest plantation in the Ilocos provinces that would also boost tourism and exports in the country.
In the feasibility study of the impact of the project, almost 1,000 families cultivating two hectares each will be benefited. Most of the beneficiaries will be small and marginalized farmers and other individuals interested in agri – business.
“Our project will create an inclusive growth through a well – developed coffee industry and agri – tourism,” he said.
Economist said the project was expected to generate an average family income of   P104,000 for lowland farms and P138,000 for highland farms. These figures are much higher than the P50,000-a-year that could be realized without the support of the project.  The farm incomes would surpass the poverty threshold of about P90, 000 per family per year at full development in five years.
Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) released a total of P62 million to the Piddig local government for the establishment of a nursery, seedlings production, plantation establishment and plantation maintenance and protection.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has set aside a R98-million fund for concreting  the farm-to-market road leading to the Lammin Arabica plantation.
At present, a total of 916, 701 coffee seedlings, with varieties such as excels, liberica, robusta and Arabica, are now being grown in five nurseries of Pidding town located at Maruaya, Cabaroan and Lammin and are ready for massive planting. (by Freddie G. Lazaro)
Source:  Ilocos Norte to have largest coffee farm in Northern Luzon

Re: Rubber production possible in Luzon

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:01
by joe ang.  

Very good question sir. Where and who will buy the harvest from rubber trees? This is to be answered first before someone will plant because even I will harvest tons and tons of products if I don't know where to sell my products, it's good as nothing.

I'm also very interested to plant if there are raw rubber buyers in Luzon.

For those who know the marketing of rubber, please let us know where to sell or who to contact about rubber tree products. Thanks.

HortiKultura lectures set in Quezon City

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:01
by Mae Guico.  

mb.com.ph | January 10, 2015

A series of informative lectures will be held during the 11-day HortiKultura Extravaganza that will run from January 23 to February 2 at the Tropical Garden at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

The lectures are in line with the garden show’s theme of “Yaman sa Paghahalaman” or Wealth in Growing Plants. The garden show is a collaboration of the Philippine Horticultural Society headed by Dorie S. Bernabe and the Quezon City government. It is a highlight of the city’s observance of its 75th founding anniversary.

In the morning of Saturday, January 24, Lino Rom will discuss the health benefits of Sansevierias for indoors. This is a group of hardy plants that has been proven to be effective in absorbing pollution. There are many varieties of Sansevieria that come in various sizes, shapes, colors and leaf patterns. They can last for months as indoor plants without much care.

  • LECTURE ON LANDSCAPING – Jimmy Floro will conduct a lecture on landscaping on Tuesday, January 27, at the Tropical Garden at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. This is a highlight of the Hortikultura 2015, a garden show jointly staged by the Philippine Horticultural Society and the Quezon City government. HortiKultura runs from January 23 to February 2. A landscaping competition is another highlight of the garden show.

In the afternoon of January 24, Zac B. Sarian will talk on exotic fruit trees that can be grown in the ground as well as in rubberized containers. The fruit trees in containers will bear full-sized fruits for as long as they are given the right growing medium, the right light requirements and fertilizers.

Fruit trees in containers are perfect for urban dwellers who usually have limited space in their gardens. As a source of income, fruiting exotic fruit trees in containers command a high price, especially if they are superior varieties.

There are many fruit trees that can be grown in containers, including pummelos, chico, makopa, lemons and limes, guava and many more.

On Sunday, January 25, Louie Tabing and his Pangkat Kaunlaran will conduct a forum in the morning. In the afternoon there will be a lecture on Ashitaba, a plant valued for its many health attributes.

In the afternoon of Monday, the PHS Study group will conduct a workshop on propagating native ferns by means of spores. In the morning of Tuesday, January 27, Jimmy Floro will discuss landscaping techniques. If one is adept at landscaping, he or she can make a good income. There are big projects offered by property developers and good landscapers are also in demand by home owners.

In the afternoon, Neil ‘Boyet’ Ganigan will discuss trends in ornamentals. He and his partner, Jay Silvestre, are producing hybrids of hibiscus, sansevierias and other high-value ornamental  plants.

Fernando Aurigue will lecture on the research advances in Philippine Hoyas in the morning of January 28, Wednesday. In the afternoon, the PHSI Study group will conduct a workshop on setting up a hoya sanctuary.

In the morning of January 29, Thursday, Ken Woods of Toro Company from Australia will discuss the history and innovation in horticulture and agricultural irrigation. In the afternoon, there will be a lecture on Medinillas of which there are a number of indigenous species.

On January 30, Friday, Food Forests will be discussed by Moje Ramos-Aquino while Louie Tabing will talk on virgin coconut oil production in the afternoon.

On January 31, Rey Pimentel who pioneered in breeding hibiscus at UP Los Baños will talk on basic plant breeding methods for the home gardener in the morning. In the afternoon, there will be a workshop on flower arranging trends.

On February 1, Serapion S. Metilla will lecture on how one can set up his or her own flower shop. Then in the afternoon Vic de Rona will talk on bonsai culture.

Make sure to visit HortiKultura 2015. You will be happy you did.

Source: HortiKultura lectures set in Quezon City