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RD Farm Vanilla and Cacao Plants Update

We have visited RD Farm several times , The name RD Farm stands for Reyes Despacio family surname . The first one was way back in 2012. For those looking for vanilla orchid cuttings and cacao sapling. This is one of the reputable farms to source your plants.

vanilla orchid

For those who wanted to visit the farm , here are a few guidelines set by the proprietor . I got some friends who visited the farm last week and they were amazed with the number of vanilla orchid cuttings and other tree saplings.

Contact Person : Mr. Yet Reyes / ( 0998-2785644-SMART ) (0916-3130156 GLOBE)

Address: 10657 Demarces Village, 4031 Los Baños, Laguna,  Philippines

Department of Agriculture Schedule of Free Seminars

Department of Agriculture– Agriculture Training Institute will be hosting a series of free seminars. This will be held at  Serrano Hall , ATI Building , Elliptical Road , Diliman in Quezon City.

For more information , Please call 929-85-41 to 49 or visit the Websitehttps://www.da.gov.ph/

HortiKultura Filipina 2018

Philippine Horticultural Society Incorporated in partnership with Quezon City government , Quezon City Memorial Circle administration will be hosting HortiKultura 2018 from February 3 to 11, 2018

 

For exhibitors, sponsors , event partners will be announce soon. There is an active Phsi FB for those who wanted to get information about the show and exhibition.

There will be an organized tour which will be composed of bloggers, media and students on February 3, 2018 saturday from 8:00 am until past 12noon.

Highlights of the 16th Mango Festival at Eaton Centris

Agri-Aqua Network International  ( AANI) in partnership with Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI ), Bureau  of Soils and Water Mangement, Ramgo Seeds, Bayer Philippines, DOST -PCCARRD , Eaton Centris among others presented to the public the 16th Mango Festival from May 12 to 14, 2017.

16th National Mango Festival 

Mango is among the top 3 tropical fruits which is a dollar earner for the country. This is according to the Department of Agriculture report.

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University  L-R Mr. Oscar S. Guerrero Jr. MMSU Nursery Plant Propagator, Ms. Mercy R. Gaño Science Research Specialist and Ms. Bella Gervacio -University Research Associate

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial States University   also had different kinds of mangoes and mango by-products for sale.

There are about 50 stalls selling fresh mangoes, fruit trees, mango products, fertilizers, plastic pots, foods and there is an area in which free seminar and talks are held.

different mango varieties 

Aside from the popular varieties like Carabao , Indian , Pahotan , There are other mango varieties like Jakarta, Roso, Valencia.

different by-products which includes wines 

different kinds of mango by -products which include mango piyaya, mango bisocho biscuits, mango ketchup, mango puree, turrones de manga among others.

mango tree seedlings and other fruit trees for sale

Villar Sipag at Tiyaga Foundation 

Office of Senator Cynthia Villar L-R Ms. Micah G. Vergara, Ms. Iris May D. Azcarraga, Roselyn Rubia-Enriquez and Sherill Ann Del Rosario.

Villar Sipag at Tiyaga Foundation staffs gave away free organic compost to the visitors of the trade fair.

Bureau of Soils and Water Management

There is no entrance fees at the ongoing 16th Mango Festival which will end on May 14, 2017.

 

Conclusion of the 11th Pan-Asia Farmers Exchange Program

The Pan-Asia Farmers Exchange Program of the FX Program is a platform of knowledge sharing and exchange on agricultural plant biotechnology .

The exchange program brings together farmers and other stakeholders from Asia to learn about plant biotechnology through first-hand experience by visiting plant biotech commercial farms and R&D biotech facilities; and interacting with farmers, scientists, media and policymakers.

The culmination activities includes visits to farms, technology transfer , helping farmers earn a better living , creating more nutritious, accessible foods, controlling yield-robbing pests , delivering more effective plant breeding methods, awarding of the certificate to the participants .

Cultural heritage tour within San Agustin Church , Plaza San Luis complex and Casa Manila. After the exciting tour , the group headed for Sm Mall of Asia in Pasay City to spend the late afternoon shopping and strolling around for their final tour of the city.

The event was hosted by the Philippines from March 20 to 24, 2017 .

Website : https://croplife.org/

Monsanto Philippines :http://www.monsanto.com/whoweare/pages/philippines.aspx

A Visit to DV Boer Farm : A Community Based Partnership

Mr. Dexter A. Villamin was a former OFW based in Thailand . His trail , hardship and lack of education did not deter him from reaching his ultimate success in the field of agri-entrepreneur .

Mr. Dexter A. Villamin and wife 

Hence the name DV Boer Farm was conceptualized . The number of people’s participation to  “Pa-Iwi System” taking care of one’s livestock which is a common practice in Southern Luzon provinces of Laguna , Batangas and Quezon . Unlike the usual pa-iwi system which relies on pure luck and honesty system .

DVBoer Farm 

Methodology 

This methodology were simple using an old system and integrating a new one ( which is already testing in many countries)  some features like livestock insurance. Currently the members  kept on increasing (following the series of seminars abroad aside from the occasionally scheduled on-line seminars or webinar). Hence, to accommodate the influx, DV Boer Farm had expanded by way of establishing satellite farms or sub-farms , Now they have farms located in Pangasinan which had a combined area of about 40 hectares and in Sorsogon province.

Lian , Batangas 

Lian is just a few minutes away from the beaches of Nasugbu and its rustic beauty and picturesque view of the surrounding agricultural areas are worthy place to visit, especially those who are keen in setting -up a new farm model  or just simple relaxation .

large nipa hut which can accommodate guests for overnight stay complete with modern day amenities like air-conditioned rooms and an area for meeting place or dining area which can accommodate between 30 to 50 people .

buffet table

The farm is self sustaining , they have a lot of homegrown vegetables . While the nearby mango orchard were also well taken cared -off .  Another nice feature about this farm is that they are also gearing-up for farm tourism potential .

suckling pig

Our group were treated to a lunch buffet which consists of rice, grilled pork liempo , kalderetang kabing , sinampalukang manok , sinigang na sabaw , grilled fish ( caught from the nearby Nasugbu area) suckling lechon with their own version of  sauce cooked Balayan /Lian style and their buko salad.

grilled fish and pork liempo 

The place had a nice topography , landscape features, magnificent views and farm life. They are also planning to add more nipa huts to accommodate the influx of local and well as foreign tourists. There was also some instances that their farm was also

Boer Goats

Boer goat is a breed of goat that was developed in South Africa in the early 1900s for meat production. Their name is derived from the Afrikaan ( Dutch ) word “boer”, meaning farmer. Boer goats are a popular breed for meat . The breed is carefully breed  with the local goats to achieve higher yielding meat . There is a growing need for goats in the country , in which local backyard growers cannot supply the market . That is “why” the price of goat meat is still relatively expensive .

Aside from goats, there are also sheep, cattle, pigs , different breeds of chicken ( heritage breeds) turkey, horses , and ostrich.

cattle

Unlike other farms, the animals are well-taken cared off , There are about 80 to 130 farm employees , which also provide  income opportunities to Filipinos . The farm also conducts a regular monthly seminars and training for those interested with their project.

group photo with media groups 

Community Partnership 

For those who are interested with their program and would like to replicate their Pa-Iwi system , one can try to reach them via at their FaceBook: Dv Boer Farm .

Websitehttp://www.dvboerfarm.com/

Address: Poblacion 1, Barangay Balibago , Lian , Batangas province.

Cellphone ( 0917-208-9388) / 9255323186

 

 

 

 

71st Annual Orchid and Garden show by Philippine Orchid Society

Philippine Orchid Society together with its partners organizations and affiliated garden clubs will be hosting the 71st annual orchid and garden show from February 25 to March 7, 2017.

A special opening for invited guests and media will be held on February 24, 2017 at the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak  at around past 4:00pm while judging will be held at the morning of February 24.

There will be an orchid landscape competition , ornamental plant landscape competition, orchid plant competition and cactus and succulent landscape .

Aside from these regular features. There will also be a daily lectures on relevant topic ranging from basic orchid growing , fertilization , flower arrangements and other topics .

There will also be a flower arrangement competition and a container garden competition , The winners will get Php 3,000 first place, Php 2,000 second and Php 1,000 third place plus ribbon .

Flower arrangement competition prizes : Php 2,000 first place, Php 1, 500 second place and Php 500 third place ( 3 winners) plus ribbon .

Entry fee is Php 100 per flower arrangement and must be entered by February 23, 2016

The trade fair and show will have an entrance fee of Php 30 General Public and Php 20 for Students and Senior citizens with valid ID’s

The show is open from 8:00am until past 6:00pm everyday starting February 24, 2017 .

For more information about the show , try to visit the Philippine Orchid Society FB Page :

Contact : Ms. Jenny F. Rivera ( Secretariat ) 0917-8485468 / 929-44-25 / 957-35-24

Websitehttp://philippineorchidsociety.com/

Note : The author will be conducting a guided walking tour at the orchid show together with bloggers , students and ngo groups .