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The 25th Agrilink Agribusiness Exhibition

Organized by the Foundation for Resource Linkage and Development, Agrilink is the undisputed leader in agribusiness exhibition which is being held annually in October. It is immediately begin to be the Philippines’ largest annual international agribusiness event from its first show in 1994 which attracts hundreds of exhibitors and visitors. Since 2000, the venue for the Agrilink has been in World Trade Center in Manila. Now on its 25th year, held last Oct 4-6, 2018 Agrilink celebrates with its biggest exhibit yet and one that features the entire value chain from farm inputs up to the retail markets.

Participatory Guarantee System: The Inclusive Certification

In recognition of the importance of organic agriculture in the Philippines and as support the practitioners, the Government was promoted to pass Republic Act (RA) 10068 or The Organic Agriculture Law. RA 10068 intends to fortify organic agriculture in the country and put in place necessary policies to ensure further promotion and development of organic agriculture and compliance to standards. Fortunately, there is a more inclusive certification known as the Participatory Guarantee System or PGS.

Organic Agriculture is Caring for the People and the Environment: The Carmelfarms Story

The couple, Santiago (Santi) and Carmelita (Mely) Cervantes are organic practitioners and trainers in Zone 4, Binanuaanan, Pili, Camarines Sur. Santi is 61 years old with an MS Business Management degree while Mely has a postgraduate degree at UPLB. In 2004, Mely was introduced to PABINHI Pilipinas, a network of scientists and farmers that promote sustainable agriculture and seed sharing. The network was instrumental in providing different farmer-bred selections and traditional/ heirloom rice which they tested in their farms. Now, Mely is a volunteer scientist, and also the regional focal person and trainer on SRI in Bicol Region.

Organic Agriculture Gains More Ground at UPLB

Last March 21, 2018, a simple ground-breaking ceremony initiated the construction of a modest building for the Organic Agriculture Research, Development and Extension Center at UPLB .This multi-purpose building, targeted to be completed by year-end, shall serve as venue for conducting strategic R&D, capability building programs, market and industry information hub, policy studies and network promotion related to organic agriculture.

Tillage: Do it or not?

Tillage is an agricultural preparation of the soil by mechanical agitation of various types, such as gidding, stirring and overturning. The purpose of tillage is to mix organic matter into the soil, to help control weeds, break up crusted soil or loosen up small area for planting. But nowadays, there are conflict on the effects of tillage in the soil. Is tillage really good for the soil?

The Permanent Agriculture

Permaculture is a network of agricultural and social design ideas focused on replicating or directly using the features seen in natural ecosystems. The term permaculture was expanded and conceived by David Holmgren, then a graduate student, and his professor, Bill Mollison, in 1978. The word permaculture initially referred to “permanent agriculture”, but was developed to refer also for “permanent culture.” This is because social aspects were essential to a genuinely sustainable system, as also influenced by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy.

Agripreneur in Focus: Rudy Enteria

Mr. Rudy Enteria, born in February 15,1969, is a member of Ikabuhi Microfinance Program (IMP). He was married to Mrs. Annaliza Enteria with two children namely Rony and Rea Riza. His farm is in Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan and has a total land area of 2 hectares which is planted with rice and vegetables.