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How the Sugar Industry Continues to Create Poverty in Negros

How the Sugar Industry Continues to Create Poverty in Negros

Agriculture, News & Opinion
The province of Negros Occidental is the 6th wealthiest province in terms of gross income in the country only behind Cebu, Batangas, Rizal, Davao de Oro, and Bukidnon. The island of Negros is known for its sugarcane production which accounts for 63% of the country's sugar output.  Bacolod, the capital city of Negros Occidental and the largest city in Western Visayas, is a highly-urbanized city, and poverty is hardly seen due to skyscrapers and luxurious subdivisions.   One might think that the people in the province are living comfortably due to the "riches of sugarcane", but behind the sugar wealth, the island is also having many of the poorest populations.  In 2015, the national poverty incidence was 16.5% of families, while it was 38.7% in Negros Oriental and 21.9% in Negros Oc...
Top 10 Agricultural Crops in the Philippines

Top 10 Agricultural Crops in the Philippines

Agriculture
The Philippines is both an agricultural and industrial country and rice is the most important  Filipino staple food. Every year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) are closely monitoring the rice production and supply in the country in order to meet the volume of demand needed by the Filipino people. Despite the country’s high palay production, the government is still importing rice from other Asian countries like Vietnam and Thailand, in order to maintain the needed yearly rice quantity. Aside from palay, the following are the top ten crops and agricultural products in the Philippines is known for. 1. Sugarcane With an average of 23 million metric tons of sugarcane production every year, the Philippines is the ninth biggest sugar producer i...
Why Sugarcane is the Least Profitable Crop to Grow

Why Sugarcane is the Least Profitable Crop to Grow

Agriculture
As of this writing, the price of refined sugar in Metro Manila (retail) is P98/kg while the washed sugar is P80/kg. With this almost unaffordable price, many people would think that sugar farmers are making tons of money and perhaps, you are thinking of investing in sugarcane farming too - wait until you finish reading this article. Sugarcane is a major Philippine agricultural product and is second only to rice in the total area occupied around the country under food crops. It is harvested only once every year and the waiting time is quite long compared to other major crops like rice, corn, and vegetables. Although the country is producing millions of tons of sugarcane, still it is not self-sufficient. The cost of production is extremely high and instead, importing sugar is quite econom...
Cashew Farming in the Philippines: How to Plant and Grow Kasoy

Cashew Farming in the Philippines: How to Plant and Grow Kasoy

Agriculture
Not known to many, cashew farming is a very profitable business in the Philippines, and in this article, I am going to explain why. Although cashew may not be considered a very important crop compared to corn, rice, sugarcane, coffee, soybean, peanut, potato, and others, it has its own niche and cashew farmers are actually enjoying better profit than those who are planting other major crops, especially the sugarcane. If you have a small piece of land and are interested in cashew farming either as a hobby or for profit, continue reading. Cashew Farming in the Philippines Cashew (Anacardium occidentale), locally known as Kasoy, is a tropical tree that produces cashew nuts and cashew apples. It is a very popular street food and snack along with salted peanuts sold on provincial buses in ...
What is Miracle Fruit and Why it is Becoming Popular in the Philippines

What is Miracle Fruit and Why it is Becoming Popular in the Philippines

Agriculture
Just type “miracle fruit” in Google search and you will be presented with different types of extracts in water plastic bottles being sold online, claiming to cure many diseases and whatnot. Don’t buy until you read this article. If you are outside the Philippines like in Australia, Japan, North America, or Europe, when you search for “miracle fruit” on Google, you will get the real miracle fruit or the Synsepalum dulcificum. This fruit or miracle berry is the real miracle fruit known around the world and is the subject of many types of research and studies ever since.  It is a shrub that grows 1.8–4.5 m (5.9–14.8 ft) in height and has dense foliage. Its leaves are 5–10 cm (2.0–3.9 in) long, 2.0–3.7 cm (0.79–1.46 in) wide, and glabrous below. They are clustered at the ends of the bran...
Growing Wheat in the Philippines

Growing Wheat in the Philippines

Agriculture
With the looming food crisis due to continuing military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, many countries are already in dire need of wheat flour.  Flour supply in the Philippines is now becoming one of the major agricultural supply problems. Before the war, Ukraine is the world's ninth-largest wheat producer and is forecasted to be the seventh-largest exporter for the 2022/23 marketing year. With millions of tons of grains stranded in the country’s Black Sea ports, the world supply of wheat is highly affected. The Philippines is among the top five countries that are expected to comprise a quarter of the world’s wheat imports over the next 10 years as bread and feed consumption are both going up, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said. In 2020, Ukr...
How to Grow Apple from Seeds

How to Grow Apple from Seeds

Agriculture
In this article, we will explain how to grow apple seeds so you can plant them after germination. The apple is one of the most consumed fruits in the world because of its sweet taste and the incredible benefits that you can obtain from eating apples have made this fruit an essential food for a rich and balanced diet. However, despite being one of the most commercial fruits that exist, it is one of the most difficult to grow, since making its seeds germinate requires very specific care and an exceptionally humid and cold environment. Do you want to have your own apple tree but are worried about not knowing how to germinate its seeds? Don't worry, at Agraryo we teach you how to germinate apple seeds correctly and how you should plant and cultivate them to enjoy this fruit wheneve...
Growing Grapes in the Philippines

Growing Grapes in the Philippines

Agriculture
Can you grow grapes in the Philippines? This is one of the many questions people are asking about whether growing grapes in the Philippines is possible or not. In the Philippines and other tropical countries, grape plants need a trellis. In order for the vine to bear more fruit, the stalks (talbos) must be squeezed. Unlike temperate countries where ninety percent (90 %) of the fruit of primary bud germinates, the trellis is no longer needed but pegs or poles and wire parallel to the tree (fence type trellis) are used. How to grow or propagate fruiting grape branches? Move the vine on the stake to the trellis. Each week the grape shoots grow one foot (1 foot.) Long. Tie the straw tightly to the stake and loosen the rope on the grape stalk so that it does not get choked. Wh...
The Importance of Urban Farming in the Philippines

The Importance of Urban Farming in the Philippines

Agriculture
Are you a certified plantita or plantito? My family and I are the same! When it locks down, we all suddenly have time for a lot of things we used to ignore. One of these is urban agriculture or urban gardening. Among those who love gardening, more is my father-in-law who is eight years old! For fun, my husband challenged our children and their grandfather to a contest of who could grow the most vegetables in their respective areas in our yard. Caring for plants and raising children So gardening became our family bonding activity. It feels good to be planting side by side and rejoicing when our labor bear fruit. We harvested okra, spinach, lettuce, talinum, spinach, and other vegetables and herbs. So if you want your children to eat lots of vegetables, convince them to plant them. T...