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Cocoa Farming in the Philippines: How to Start a Cocoa Farm in the Philippines

The roots of cocoa products can be traced back in the South America which is considered the premium production location of this coffee-bean like green crop. Since the start of organic farming in the late twenty century, Dominican Republic has become currently the primary producer of cacao around the globe. Generally, the cocoa, also known as cacao, is grown in areas near the equator all over the world. Like coffee and tea, the cocoa crop is grown in the tropical areas, and it is a requisite in the confectionery industry and to other food areas as well. In the...

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Free Seminar Helps Filipinos Understand Basics of Swine Production, Processing

DILIMAN, Quezon City – When starting a business on swine production, you need to have the technical know-how and skills to do so and the knowledge on your target market. These were some of the things that Dr. Amy Gonzales-Eguia underscored during the Free Seminar on Swine Production and Meat Processing. Dr. Eguia is a Training Specialist of the Agricultural Training Institute’s International Training Center on Pig Husbandry (ATI-ITCPH). In her lecture on swine management, Dr. Eguia talked about the aspects of pig production which include breeding, feeding, health, housing, record-keeping, and economics. She also discussed tips and problems encountered in the selection and management of boars, gilts, and weaners. “Not all types of pig would fit in to whichever ventures you want to pursue. If you want to produce pigs, you have to select the appropriate type of breeder,” Dr. Eguia stressed. Read more...

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SENATE LEADERS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR AGRI EASY ACCESS FINANCING

Two top leaders of the Philippine Senate have pledged support for the Easy Access Credit Program recently launched by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries which aims to improve productivity, address countryside poverty and end farmers and fisher folks dependence on government dole outs. Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and the Chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Senator Loren Legarda, have pledged to support the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) Program which proposes the establishment of a P50-billion loan portfolio in the 2018 National Budget of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries through the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC). Read more...

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GUIDE: Banana Farming in the Philippines

Banana is considered the top export of the Philippines. It is one of the major fruit crop, not just in the country but also in other Asian neighboring nations. Because the development of banana production is very fast, bananas are the fourth largest fruit crop in the entire world. According to the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development, or PCARRD, which is based in Laguna, the most economically important fruit crop in the Philippines is the banana because it is the only locally-grown fruit available in the market throughout the year. In the international...

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San Isidro: Town built by cacao

FROM the moment the cacao beans are fed into the crusher to the time these are panned out to the molder as sticky glue, Emma Cuyos, 60, did not take her eyes off the chocolate-churning process. One stray moment and the method is compromised, the quality in doubt. For Cuyos is no average factory supervisor. Her knowledge dates 150 years back to a great-grandmother in Cebu who kept the art of chocolate-making a guarded secret. Read...

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