Friday, April 12, 2013

PINATUBO - Hottest Chilli In Town

Allied Botanical Corporation claims to own the hottest chilli in town. Called Pinatubo, it is said to have 180,000 to 200,000 scoville heat units. Scoville index is the measure of hotness in chilli, named after Wilbur Scoville of the United States who developed the heat index in chillis. 
Thailand's hot pepper is said to have only 90,000 scoville heat units while the ubiquitous Tingala has 120,000 scoville heat units, according to Mike Castillo, technical services specialist in food processing of Allied Botanical.

Mother's Best and Mama Sita are among the companies that are processing hot chilli in the Philippines.

Pinatubo is said to be a very prolific variety. 


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

An Unusual Indigenous Tomato

Henk Pascha and a profusely
flowering indigenous tomato plant.
The Lanchang Experimental Farm of East-West Seed International in Chiang Mai Thailand collects indigenous germplasm from various parts of the world which it grows under greenhouse conditions.

  A high-tech laboratory of the company at the Simon Groot Research Station in Sansai, Chiang Mai, analyzes the characteristics of each plant material. It can detect its purity as well as if it has any disease infection.

In photo is Henk Pascha, senior plant breeder, posing with an indigenous tomato that grows very tall and is profusely blooming. They will use this as a source of desirable characteristics of future hybrids that they will develop.

The Lanchang Experimental Farm is developing pure lines that they can use as stud plants in their breeding program. 

Sweet Corn Germinated In Seedling Tray

New techniques of growing high-value crops, like sweet corn, are being disseminated to the local farmers in Murcia and Bago City in Negros Occidental, thanks to the demonstration and training center in Brgy. Cansilayan, Murcia put up by the Energy Development Corporation. One of the techniques is growing sweet corn seedlings in seedling trays using the proper germinating medium. This technique is much better than planting the seed direct in the ground. Photo shows technician Arnel Caunto with seedlings germinated in seedling trays that are about ready for planting in the field.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Vibrator For Pollinating Tomato

You can pick up many novel farming techniques if you visit the Lanchang Experimental Farm of East-West Seed International in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Like this practical but very doable  technique of pollinating tomatoes with the use of a battery-powered vibrator. Here, a lady worker places the tip of the vibrator on the flowering stems of the tomatoes. The flowers are shaken and pollination is effected. Instead of using bees and other insects for crop pollination, this is an alternative.

Unusually Tall Hot Pepper

Many unusual vegetables are being grown in the Lanchang Experimental Farm of East-West Seed International in Chiang Mai, Thailand. These include the hot pepper in photo that grows up to 10 feet tall under greenhouse conditions. The variety is very prolific, producing fruits from the bottom up to the top. Photo shows Henk Pascha, senior plant breeder, with the very tall tomato. At the Lanchang Farm, they are also developing pure lines used in developing hybrids that are superior in many ways.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Onion Harvest Time In Bongapon

The peak harvest of onion in Nueva Ecija is on. Photo shows the bountiful harvest of Ariel Cayetano who planted the new Super Pinoy variety from East-West Seed Company in his farm in Pesa, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. Super Pinoy is claimed to be tolerant to disease, high-yielding, with bigger bulbs that have excellent storability. Photo shows Ariel, his young son and Ric Reyes of East-West Seed Company. The current farmgate price is P20 per kilo. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Karina On The April Agriculture Magazine Cover

Karina van Leeuwen, head plant breeder of East-West Seed International, is shown on the cover of the April 2013 issue of Agriculture Magazine, posing with her fruitful salad tomato variety.

The cover story features the new high-value crops that were unveiled during the International Field Day conducted by East-West Seed on February 4, 2013 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Make sure to get a copy of the magazine, the most widely circulated magazine of its kind in the Philippines. It is distributed nationwide through bookstores and through the outlets of Manila Bulletin throughout the country.

There are many other interesting stories in the April issue which are informative, inspiring and very easy to understand.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Power Grower Combo on Django Pepper

JONATHAN GODOY of #34 Dariwdiw, Batac City, has a revealing experience in using Power Grower Combo on his Django finger pepper. Last March 12, he received his order of one pack of Power Grower Combo, the growth promotant developed by Alfonso G. Puyat.

He conducted his own experiment. He sprayed on plants that were fertilized and watered. On the other hand, he also sprayed Power Grower Combo on plants that were not fertilized and not watered.

The result? The fruits of the plants that were first fertilized and irrigated before spraying Power Grower Combo grew big very fast. On the other hand, the fruits of the plants that were not fertilized were very small. Now, he knows, before spraying Power Grower Combo, he will have to fertilize his plants either with organic or chemical fertilizer.

As has always been emphasized by Mr. Puyat, the function of the Power Grower Combo is to accelerate the uptake of nutrients from the soil. Therefore, the sprayed plants should have something to take up from the soil. And there should be adequate moisture so the roots will be able to absorb the plant nutrients.

In pepper, spray Power Grower Combo as early as when the plants have developed four leaves. The second spraying could be 10 days later. You will see the rapid growth of the plants.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Karina & Jill - D-Max Tomato Breeders

In my earlier reports, we have cited Karina van Leeuwen as the breeder of D-Max tomato, the improved version of Diamante of East-West Seed Company.

Our friend Ric Reyes,  Product Market Combination Manager - East-West Seed International, was informed by Karina herself that she and Jill Bulawan did the breeding.

Jill is a graduate of UP Los Baños, BS Agriculture, major in Horticulture. She recently finished her course work for her MS in plant breeding at UPLB and is currently working on her MS thesis. She placed 15th in the 2003 Agriculture Licensure exams.

She has been working for 12 years at East-West, currently a senior plant breeder for tomato. Besides helping develop D-Max, she has developed a new Marimar type (Tom 130) variety for commercial release next year. Other varieties she developed are being tested at the pre-commercial stage for the  Mindanao market and South Asia.

D-Max, by the way, is an all-season variety that is very fruitful and resistant to diseases. It has made many farmers in the Philippines rich, including Nestor Kalaw of Lipa City in Batangas, and countless others.

JILL BULAWAN and a basket
of D-Max Tomato fruits.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chin Chin Uy Makes a Deal With Ronald Costales

Chin Chin Uy of Fresh Start Organics in Bacolod City has got new clients in Metro Manila for the supply of organic lettuce. One client requires at least half a ton of lettuce a week.

Instead of shipping his lettuce from Bacolod to Manila, he has made a deal with Ronald Costales of Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay, Laguna. Ronald supplies Chin Chin's clients with his Majayjay-grown organic lettuce.

It makes sense. Cost of transport is reduced. Chin Chin makes money and so does Ronald. Everybody happy, as they say.

He Runs an Integrated Farm & Resort

ANTONIO MADARANG BALAGOT used to be a provincial agriculturist in Cotabato. Now retired in his early 70s, he runs an integrated farm and Le Reve Resort in Makilala, Cotabato.

His integrated farm boasts of chickens, tilapia, a 16-hectare oil palm plantation and many many more. Originally coming from Aringay, La Union, he is one of many Ilocanos who decided to settle in the so-called Land of Promise.

He can be reached at 0939-906-2218.

Heavy Rice Grains With PGC And HWT

MRS, TERESITA FLORES of Isabela has re-ordered 2 packs of Power Grower Combo (PGC) and 3 packs of Heavy Weight Tandem (HWT) for her rice farm. That's because she was so satisfied with the application of the two growth promotants developed by Alfonso G. Puyat.

Jerome, Mrs. Flores' son, said that the grains of the treated plants were very heavy. PGC is sprayed on the leaves of the rice plants 8 to 10 days after transplanting. One half-kilo pack worth 400 pesos is enough to spray one hectare. The second spraying is 18 to 20 days after transplanting

Mr. Puyat says that PGC induces the plants to absorb a lot of nutrients from the soil. Hence, the soil should be adequately fertilized with either chemical or organic fertilizer. The sprayed plants develop a lot of tillers so the yield is much higher than those untreated.

HEAVY  WEIGHT TANDEM, on the other hand, is sprayed on the rice plants 38 to 40 days after transplanting. The second spraying is done when the plants are booting, meaning they are about to flower. The function of the HWT, according to Mr. Puyat, is to facilitate the transfer of the synthesized plant food in the leaves to the flowers and grains. The panicles are bigger and the grains heavier.

Text your full name and address (town or province) to 0917-841-5477 to know how to order PGC and HWT from Teresa Orchard and Nursery in Teresa, Rizal. The products can be sent to the province as well as in Metro Manila by JRS Express.

Power Grower Combo Works Wonders On Ferns

DORIE S. BERNABE, president of the Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines, is excited about the Power Grower Combo, the plant growth accelerator formulated by Alfonso G. Puyat.

She reports that the dying ferns which her assistant, Beth Mariano, sprayed with Power Grower Combo suddenly came to life and have become very lush.

That's the reason why she has ordered 4 packs so she could spray her other plants that include foliage anthuriums, philodendrons and many more.

To know how to order Power Grower Combo, text your complete name and address to 0917-841-5477. By return text you will get the answer immediately. The address is very important because the growth promotant is sent by courier. Naturally, the cost of delivery differs from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Botanical Pesticide vs Dengue Mosquitoes

Botanical pesticide vs. dengue mosquitoes.
RAMON UY of Bacolod City has come up with a new botanical pesticide that is mainly aimed at fighting the mosquitoes that spread dengue fever.

Formulated by Marilyn Celis, a chemist, the natural pesticide consists of lemon grass oil, citronella oil and a little lemon fruit oil.

The Food and Drug Admninistration (FDA) has already given its go signal. It is safe to use even inside buildings.

Ramon Uy is very happy because while it is very new, the local government in Bacolod has already ordered P8000,000 worth of the product for spraying inside classrooms in the city.

Ramon Uy can be contacted at 0922-868-0489.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Phillip's Sanctuary in San Mateo

Pepe Pestaño and a sweet balimbing
at the Teresa Orchard & Nursery.
FELIPE "PEPE" PESTAÑO in the past 15 years has been planting a lot of fruit trees as well as mahogany in a 16-hectare property in San Mateo, Rizal.

Today his efforts have been richly rewarded with fruiting mangosteen, rambutan, durian, longkong lanzones, latexless jackfruit, Abiu and many other exotic varieties. 

He has now converted his property into an agri-tourism resort complete with swimming pool, lodging facilities and other amenities.

Many of the fruit trees he planted came from the Teresa Orchard & Nursery in Teresa, Rizal. He has been recommending to his neighbors to visit Teresa so they can also buy their planting materials.

Pepe visited Teresa Orchard on March 18, 2013 and was fascinated by the sweet balimbing growing in containers and bearing juicy fruits.

Teresa Orchard & Nursery in Teresa, Rizal, is very easy to reach. It is along the road, 30 meters before the Teresa-Morong boundary. Call or text 0917-841-5477 for more info.

Mini Coco Oil Extractor

Ramon Uy and his mini coconut oil extractor.
He is showing a half liter coco oil ready for use.
RAMON UY, the prolific inventor from Bacolod City, has come up with a new invention. This time it is a mini coconut oil extractor designed for the countryside.

It is a screw-type extractor that can extract half liter of coco cooking oil from a kilo of copra. It can extract one liter in 15 minutes from two kilos of copra.

The machine can also extract virgin coconut oil from half-dried fresh coconut meat. The fresh coconut meat is sliced into pieces and placed in a dryer to reduce the moisture content to 50 percent.

Half kilo of semi-dry coconut meat can yield 250 ml or one-fourth liter of VCO.

The machine is not yet available commercially. It is just a prototype but will be fabricated for sale eventually.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cavite Agrifest And Farmers' Congress, March 25, 2013

The 2nd Cavite Agrifest and Farmers/Fisherfolks Congress will be held on March 25, 2013 at the provincial gymnasium in Trece Martires City.

A technology forum will be held where organic agriculture and other timely topics will be discussed by knowledgeable resource persons.  Various agricultural and fishery products will also be showcased in exhibits. The public will have the chance to buy said products at very reasonable prices.

The first Cavite Agrifest last year was attended by some 6,000 farmers and other residents. This year, more attendees are expected, according to the organizers who include the provincial government officials and agencies of the Department of Agriculture.
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