Carabao-based dairy farming gains ground

May 12, 2016 by · Comments Off on Carabao-based dairy farming gains ground 

By Cielito M. Reganit

MANILA, May 11 (PNA) — Carabao-based dairy farming has become a viable enterprise in the Philippines and experts are saying that it is an emerging industry that is seen to have the ability to address food security and income-generating opportunities to Filipinos.

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(Feature)The "longline" to improve mussels production

January 3, 2016 by · Comments Off on (Feature)The "longline" to improve mussels production 

By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata

MANILA, Jan 2 (PNA) — In the Philippines, particularly in most seafood restaurants, mussels are one of staple offerings. Some offer them baked, while others prefer to have them plain with soup.

The fact that the country is surrounded with bodies of water enables fisherfolk to get many of these.

However, if the management or the way they grow these is insufficient, science says this would result to mussels that are poor in quality, small in size, and thus having low meat content.

According to the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD), the usual way of growing mussels in the country is through the "stake" method". Here, young mussels could freely attach to bamboo poles that were placed in coastal areas.

To improve the green mussels production, DOST-PCAARRD has funded a project promoting the "Pinoy longline method". The project was implemented by the University of the Philippines Visayas, Samar State University, and Capiz State University.

DOST-PCAARRD said that "longline" is a culture system originally developed in New Zealand, where high-quality mussels are produced. It added that Filipino mussel farmers can adopt this method, too.

The agency said the Filipino version is composed of a 50-meter main line made of 20-mm polypropylene rope.

In this main line, black plastic containers will be attached to serve as main buoy. DOST-PCAARRD described that the black plastic containers were the ones formerly used in transporting oil and soy sauce.

How to do it? On both ends of the main line, two plastic drums with polyethylene rope tied around its body will serve as end buoys.

Place concrete anchors on both sides of the "longline" to maintain it and prevent it from moving.

Meanwhile, for stocking, PCAARRD said mussel socks made of two-meter long 10-mm polyethylene rope with cylindrical cement, weighing one kilogram at the bottom, are used in this method.

It added that about 200 pieces of mussel spats are placed in one-meter mussel sock. Mussel socks must be tied to the "longline" at 50 cm interval.

PCAARRD explained that since no bamboo poles are used in this kind of method, it will not cause sedimentation in the culture areas.

The "stake" method, on the other hand, increases sedimentation in mussel beds, which causes the culture area to be shallow. (PNA)

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(Feature) S&T in mangoes

January 3, 2016 by · Comments Off on (Feature) S&T in mangoes 

By Ma. Christina C. Arayata

MANILA, Dec. 30 (PNA) — On New Year's eve, how many of you would prepare mango cheesecake, or mango graham cake? Do you know that fresh, safe and quality mangoes require science and technology (S&T)-based practices?

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(News Feature)Corn silage as feeds and farmers' supplementary income source

August 11, 2015 by · Comments Off on (News Feature)Corn silage as feeds and farmers' supplementary income source 

By Ma. Cristina C. Arayata

MANILA, Aug. 10 (PNA) — The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) says corn silage is a nutritious feed for carabaos, as it is a good source of protein and energy. Furthermore, it can be faarmers' supplementary income source.

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(FEATURE) Lake Manguao: An avian treasure chest in Northern Palawan

April 17, 2015 by · Comments Off on (FEATURE) Lake Manguao: An avian treasure chest in Northern Palawan 

By Celeste Anna R. Formoso

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, April 11 (PNA) — With their dusky crowns, napes, shadowy eye stripes, bluish-grey mandibles, thin brown legs, and rusty cinnamon-colored heads and necks radiating under the heat of the golden morning sun, nearly two dozen Philippine ducks (Anas luzonica) can be witnessed frolicking and winging their ways over Lake Manguao in the once monarch-ruled town of Taytay in northern Palawan.

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