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Nueva Ecija Farmer Makes a Quick Buck Growing Cucumbers for Unilever's Lady's Choice Dressings

Ramon Palomo grosses Php120,000 per hectare just a little over a month after planting the high-value crop

Ramon Palomo (right) was tapped by Sunrich Manufacturing Corp. to lead some of the farmers who are part of Unilever Philippines' resilience program in Nueva EcijaMany farmers’ working lives are defined by crop and livestock cycles that last almost a year. From land ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | May 04, 2018 09:00:00
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Started as a Hobby, Bonsai Growing Grosses This Nueva Ecija Farmer 10 Times His Costs

With materials costing only Php500, you can sell your bonsai for Php5,000, says Edwin Dela Cruz

Edwin Dela Cruz was happy being a farmer and selling his goods at a local market in Nueva Ecija. It was in 2011 when he was invited by a friend to join the Facebook group, South Nueva Ecija Bonsai Lovers. Reading about ...

by Nicai de Guzman  | September 14, 2017 09:00:00
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'Yolanda' Survivor Discovers Multi-Million Peso Mushroom Business Almost By Accident

Former Navy Captain is now a regular supplier of oyster mushrooms to SM Supermarkets in the Visayas

Troy Bumagat had his plans for early retirement from the Philippine Navy all laid out. In 2010, three years before he planned to leave his post as Navy captain, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduate bought a four-hectare agricultural lot in Kananga, ...

by Cherrie Regalado  | July 10, 2017 11:00:00

How big data is shaping agriculture

Farmers are now using real-time information to increase land productivity.

For the past few years, big data has allowed businesses to harness information to produce insights that can lead to actionable solutions and strategies. Whether it is in healthcare, retail, or even politics, big data is being used to improve services and create ...

by Toni Antiporda  | February 04, 2016 12:00:00
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Starting a farm in your own backyard

Practice your farming skills by starting at home.

Can’t put up your own farm yet? You can have a ‘micro-farm’ experience and contribute to greening the earth by starting your own herb garden in your patch of the concrete jungle.Laurel Bangaoet, who started Tomay Farms in Benguet in December 2004 ...

by Mari-An C. Santos  | May 21, 2015 07:00:00
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Head start: Social enterprise helps Isabela farmers overcome climate change, debt problems

This cooperative saw the potential of putting up a dairy business in Isabela, giving the farmers an alternative source of income.

The Philippines experiences an average of 20 typhoons every year, resulting to floods and other damage to properties, usually affecting millions of Filipinos across the country. A big percentage of those greatly affected by these calamities belong to the agricultural industry. Farmers ...

by MJ Dinglasan and MJ Dinglasan  | April 28, 2015 09:00:00
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A balikbayan's environment advocacy leads him to 'green entrepreneurship'

From Australia, this balikbayan comes home to be a forest defender. But eventually, he also turned to be a reluctant entrepreneur.

In the valley between the mountains of Banahaw and San Cristobal in Quezon, a green enterprise has taken root, thanks to balikbayan Dion Pullan, who donned the hat of a businessman—albeit reluctantly—in a bid to defend the mountains’ forests. “I’m not a ...

by Kendrick Chua  | April 15, 2015 03:00:00
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Backyard farms get much-needed boost

Through this campaign, businesses and entrepreneurs are encouraged to support homegrown/backyard farmers and their communities.

If a resort owner wants farm-fresh eggs every day, he’s better off sourcing them from a small-time, independent backyard livestock farmer within the same locality. That’s the logic behind the Mahalin Pagkaing Atin campaign-to encourage corporations and entrepreneurs to support homegrown farms ...

by Johanna Poblete  | March 11, 2015 02:00:00
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Sowing the seeds of an organic business

As the organic movement gains ground, more people are appreciating its benefits-not just to health, but also to the environment. This 'fashionable' entrepreneur tells us how.

“Our initial intention was to farm our own vegetables for personal consumption so we could be sure that no toxins or harmful inputs would be introduced in the process,” says fashion designer, businesswoman, and mother of three, Hindy Weber-Tantoco on how the ...

by Peter Imbong  | February 26, 2015 11:30:00
FirstDibs in Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Three prisms that allow high-value agricultural pursuits

Our weekly columnist, marketing expert Amor Maclang, shares three crucial points that entrepreneurs can observe when building a high-value agricultural community.

Dear Amor,I've been meaning to enter the farming industry by growing my own fruits. I am from Bukidnon, and although our region is known for our succulent pineapples, bananas, and sugar cane, I'm wary of growing said produce because I'm considering the ...

by Amor Maclang  | August 28, 2014 01:02:00
FirstDibs in Marketing for Entrepreneurs

The premium in food grown in your zip code

Do you want to grow crops right in your own backyard? Take the opportunity to take advantage of most consumers' preference to locally and organically grown produce. But how can you market your harvest?

Dear Amor, My family recently acquired a few hectares of land, which we can utilize to extend our mini backyard farm. We are also thinking of finally making a profit from the crops we are growing but then, we are not sure ...

by Amor Maclang  | July 17, 2014 07:00:00
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Sustainable partnership

Community shared agriculture or CSA is a new and promising concept. As a social enterprise, it provides agricultural financing in exchange for fresh and organic produce grown on farms.

What it isGood Food Community is what you might call a benevolent middleman. It connects a community of farmers with health-minded individuals who commit to finance an entire harvest in return for the fresh, organic produce grown on the farm. The concept, ...

by KC Calpo  | June 23, 2014 02:00:00
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Farming in a cup

Who needs a hectare of land or even a garden to grow vegetables? Here's a step-by-step guide to container farming.

The rising global healthy lifestyle movement has driven entrepreneurs to benefit from the growing demand for natural and nutritious produce amid the challenges of shrinking farmland and mass volume food suppliers.A creative solution to this conundrum is container farming, or the practice ...

by Carlo P. Mallo and Carlo P. Mallo  | April 10, 2014 05:00:00