Monday, August 9, 2010

August Agriculture mag off the press

Get a copy of the August issue of Agriculture Magazine and learn many things about pummelo production and other improved farming techniques. The magazine is now off the press.

The August issue features the pummelo farm of Rene Florencio in Tarlac City where he is bagging his fruits with fruit bags that protect them from fruitfly attack. Other production techniques such as proper pruning and fertilization are also discussed with pointers coming from Dr. Pablito P. Pamplona, retired fruit expert from the University of Southern Mindanao.

You will also read about the Bighead carp which is about the most affordable fish species for the masses. Did you know that there are more than a thousand hectares of fishpens in Laguna Lake devoted to Bighead carp production?

Pete Samonte writes about a novel way of getting irrigation water from wells. In San Ildefonso, Bulacan, 17 wells have been constructed with the assistance of the Department of Agriculture. These wells have been providing vegetable farmers with water for irrigating their crops. The water from the dug wells is drawn with submersible pumps powered by electricity or by gasoline engine.

Allan C. Nas, our columnist from Pioneer Hi-Bred, writes about the importance of taking care of your corn plants in the first 30 days and then continuing to do so in the succeeding months. If you neglect your plants in the second month, the yield will probably be halved. If you don’t take care of your plants in the first month, and you continue to neglect them up to harvest time, you will harvest very small ears with poor grain fill.

There are many other interesting articles like the experience of Dr. Wilfredo Yap in changing his diet from rice to camote; the tree seedling production program at the Muntinlupa prisons spearheaded by former Batangas governor Antonio Leviste; developing entrepreneurship in Gawad Kalinga villages; a lady engineer who is a certified organic farmer; and many more stories.

FLORA & FAUNA EXPO. Make sure to visit the ongoing Flora & Fauna trade expo being held at the World Trade Center-Metro Manila at the corner of Puyat and Macapagal Avenues, Pasay City. You will see a lot of garden exhibits of plants and landscaping accessories, pets that include animals and fishes, and many more. There are exhibits indoors as well as outdoors. There are exotic fruit trees, bromeliads and a lot of ornamental plants in the outdoor exhibits. Sunshine free-range chickens are also available and a free lecture on this topic will be held this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the stall of Solraya Enterprises.

Source: By ZAC B. SARIAN  July 23, 2010, 2:01pm

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