August 2012 Agriculture Magazine Out

Ina Valdes and Duku on the cover

Be sure to get a copy of the August 2012 issue of Agriculture Magazine which is now off the press. You will read a lot of inspiring stories about successful agri-people.

You will read, for instance, the story of three farm families who were once landless but who have systematically accumulated several hectares of their own through creative means of saving part of their revenue from each crop of corn and use the same to buy new farmland that they can use in growing more corn.

The three families include Fernando and Josephine Fuentes of Brgy. Malapag, Carmen, North Cotabato and their neighbor, Nelson Gayramon and his wife Evelyn. The third is Dennis Panes who used to be a landless employee of a lady corn farmer when he was 14 years old until he was 21. Today, he owns no less than 80 hectares which he is planting to Bioseed Healer 101, a genetically engineered corn.
How did they accumulate such big number of hectares? You will read that in the August issue of Agriculture Magazine.
There’s also a very informative article by Toto Barcelona on farm credit. The DBP, he reports, has a very client-friendly lending program for agri projects. He gives details that include contact numbers of concerned DBP staff.

  You will also love the read the story by Pete Samonte about a farmer in Bataan who makes millions from calamansi and vegetables. He is Alfredo Canoy, 58 of Orion, Bataan who cultivates just 1.5 hectares.
You will also read about new lodging-resistant corn hybrids from Pioneer Hi-Bred in the column of Alan C. Nieves. Lodging or toppling down of the corn plants drastically reduces yield. Nieves has some suggestions to avoid lodging.  His first suggestion is not to overpopulate because crowded plants have to compete for light and nutrients resulting in weaker plants that easily lodge. He recommends planting 70,000 seeds per hectare for most hybrids. The sturdier hybrids can be planted at 75,000 per hectare. There are other practical recommendations but you have to read his column.
There are also stories about indigenous plants that bear fruits for making wine and other products. One is the Sapinit or wild raspberry found in abundance in Mt. Banahaw. The other is the Arius tree or Podocarpus costalis from Batanes.
Agriculture Magazine is the most widely circulated magazine of its kind in the country. It is available in major bookstores and the nationwide outlets of the Manila Bulletin.
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