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The STBF billboard installed in the demo farmConcepcion, Tarlac ─ Using vermicompost and vermitea increases rice yield and generates higher income, according to Magsasaka Siyentista (MS) Rene Sebastian in a recent technology field day and forum held in this town.

Loboc, Bohol ─ Although some of this town’s residents earn from its booming tourism industry, Primitivo “Tibong” Sariguimba still earns his keep from farming.

Coconut trees are part of the Bicol Region’s landscape like this area in Masbate. (Photo courtesy of Bicolanos are known for their love of coconut products. They are particularly known for their practice of using coconut milk or “gata” in their delectable cuisines or food recipes. This is not surprising, because coconut is the major crop in the region and it serves as its sunshine industry. Travelers and visitors to Bicol usually look forward to tasting its famous “Bicol Express”, among other coconut milk-mixed delicacies.

Small but terrible coconut leaf beetle (Brontispa longissima [Gestro]).The enemy creeps in silently, attacking unopened young fronds. As the spear unfurls, it moves on to its next victim. Brontispa longissima (Gestro) or coconut leaf beetle entered into the Philippines through the shipments of ornamentals. With the palms as its point of interest, the insect chews leaflets causing the young leaves to appear scorched as a result of damage.

PCARRD Executive Director Patricio S. Faylon acknowledges the accomplishments of the project of the program on Enhancing the Demand for AFNR Graduates through S&T. PIDS President Josef T. Yap (center) and CHED Secretary Patricia B. Licuanan (right) join Faylon in leading the forum.“Understanding the root cause of the problem on AFNR graduates supply and demand,” thus said PCARRD Executive Director Patricio S. Faylon, referring to the raison d’ être of the project on the supply and demand for agriculture, forestry and natural resources (AFNR) graduates in the Philippines, during a national forum on the project on May 3 at NEDA in Makati City.

PCARRD displayed various IEC materials during the garden show; A staff delightfully handing brochures to guests (Insert right).Los Baños, Laguna – PCARRD along with other exhibitors, composed of landscape architects, business enterprises, and hobbyists, participated in the recently concluded Flower and Garden Show held at the University of the Philippines Los Baños Seniors’ Social Garden. With the theme “Fiesta sa Laguna”, this year’s show was hosted by the Los Baños Horticulture Society, Inc. (LBHS).

The National Academy for Science and Technology (NAST) announces that nominations for the 2011 Outstanding Commercialization Award (Gregorio T. Zara Medal) has been extended until May 31, 2011.

PCARRD Executive Director Patricio S. Faylon. (File photo)“For the last 12 years of its implementation, the Techno Gabay Program (TGP) has been recognized as one of the innovative approaches for effective and meaningful agricultural technology transfer system”, PCARRD Executive Director (ED) Patricio S. Faylon said during a round table discussion (RTD) on agricultural extension, e-information, communication, and statistics held recently at the Traders Hotel, Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.

Legume of the hour: ChickpeaConsumers nowadays are becoming conscious of what they eat, obsessively watching their food intake.  Many opt to include legumes in their diet as a replacement for meat and as a major source of protein.

National Technopreneurship Conference participants comprised of representatives  from SUCs, private HEIs, government agencies, private sector, and NGOs across the 14 regions with PCARRD and UPLB organizers.Los Baños, Laguna – To provide a venue for sharing how entrepreneurship and technoprenuership can be cultivated in the youth by both private and public sector institutions, PCARRD and the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) recently hosted a National Technopreneurship Conference.

MS Rebecca Tubongbanua (rightmost) at the PCARRD exhibit “Flavors of science”. TechnoMart products exhibited at IFEX include mango sauce, pili oil, frozen durian, coco sugar, and strawberry preserve (left photo).PCARRD, through its TechnoMart Program, participated in the recently concluded 2011 International Food Exhibit (IFEX) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

PCARRD-Applied Communication Division Director Lily Ann D. Lando delivers her message.  Attendees: DZXL (top right), Cook Magazine (middle right), and Yellow Cab (bottom right).Media practitioners and experts from the food industry were treated to sample the “Flavors of science” from the TechnoMart kitchen during a recent Technology to the People (T2P) activity of PCARRD held at the H2O Hotel, Manila Ocean Park.

Calapan City  ̶  A three-year project aimed to deliver socioeconomic benefits to the coconut farmers of Oriental Mindoro recently started the groundwork for its implementation.

Agri-based enterprises are often small operations with very little income. Often, this income isn’t enough to support the farm family throughout the year. Enter the dragon! Or rather the dragon fruit!

President Benigno Aquino III wants a comprehensive solution to the water hyacinth choking portions of the Rio Grande de Mindanao in Cotabato City, and the massive fishkill in Taal Lake in Batangas.