Thursday, October 13, 2011


One of the attractions at the recent Agrilink trade show was this miniature horse which is just about two feet tall. It was being walked around by the lady veterinarian of Paradizoo which is well known for introducing unusual breeds of animals. It could be a very nice pet for kids but probably only those whose parents could afford to buy it. According to the lady vet, this one costs Php280,000.

Unique Upo

Diana Aguila holds an unusual upo or bottle gourd at the Agrilink trade show at the World Trade Center-Metro Manila last week. A product of Allied Botanical Corporation, it is small compared to other bottle gourd varieties but it has special uses. Besides being highly suitable for cooking, it could be allowed to fully mature so the rind becomes hard. Then it is good for making into handicraft for decorative purposes and for holding wine. It could also be made into a unique flower vase.


Chong Ken Foo of Exotic Focus Philippines Company stands before his exhibit at the recent Agrilink trade show at the World Trade Center-Metro Manila. His bio-organic products are used for inoculating seeds before planting so that the plants will become robust and resistant to diseases. He has also a bio-organic product that is used for decomposting farm wastes such as rice straw in just a matter of one week or thereabouts. The pictures shown in his exhibit booth are crops treated with his bio-organic products.


La Union provincial board member Joaquin Ostrea is developing a big land in Balaoan town where he is planting exotic fruits. He purposely attended the recent Agrilink trade show to buy planting materials from Teresa Orchard and Nursery. He got plenty of Longkong lanzones, Golden Queen mango, Peach mango from Australia, Eating Green and Many Babies mango from Thailand, latexless  jackfruit, Star Ruby makopa and others. Ostrea was also mayor of Balaoan for three terms before being elected to the provincial board.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Win a FREE Seminar Slot for Native Chicken Production

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We will raffle the entries and announce the winner here.  If you are out of town, you can transfer the prize to another person.

See you!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Press release received by email

GENERAL Trias, Cavite. – The local government here led by Mayor Luis ‘Jon-Jon’ Ferrer IV and Municipal Agriculturist Nerissa Marquez alarmed over the invasion of the rice black bugs in two (2) barangays of the municipality to fight the pests in the area.

Marquez together with the local farmers close monitor the Barangay Buenavista II and San Francisco, to immediate contained the two black bug infested farmland barangays.

Farm owners apply already the Metharizium,  a fungus used to biologically control the RBB as advised by Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC), a rice crop protection body of UP, Los Banos, Laguna.
Most of the local farmers in the area are ready on this kind of trouble in farms. The Municipal Agriculture Office also conducted seminar on preventive measures on rice black bugs. The phenomenal bugs, a size of mongo beds, have infested planted crops in the fields. The pest sucks the bases of the crop to weaken and die.

Marquez also submitted reports to Provincial Agriculture Office of Engineer Mario Silan regarding the menace, so that the town can get financial assistance to the provincial governor as other town like Naic and Maragondon declared under calamity. (Dennis Caparas-Abrina)

Practical Native Poultry Raising

A Seminar/training on “Practical Native Poultry Raising” will be conducted on September 24, 2011 at the Kagawaran ng Pagsasakahan (Department of Agriculture), Agribusiness Center by Solraya Enterprises from 8:30-5:00 PM. Cost for the seminar/training for the one-day training is PHP1,000.00 which includes training materials, food and certificate.  Training topics will include the following:
-          Introduction to Practical Poultry Raising
-          The importance of Native Poultry in Farming System Development
-          How to Select Good Site for Native Chicken
-          Native Chicken Nature and Shelter/Housing/Bedding
-          Identification and Processing of Natural Feeds for Chicken
-          Basic Health Management the Natural Way
-          Handling and Storage of Eggs
-          Native Chicken Raising Maintenance Operation

The training will be conducted by Ms. Teresa Saniano of Earthkeepers and Mr. Dante Delima, both authors of the LIKASAKA Manwal.
For inquiries and reservations for the Sept 24, 2011 seminar/training, please email or contact Sandy at (0917) 847-2639.

Participants who will pre-register and deposit training fee on or before September 20, will only pay PHP900. Please deposit training fee to the following account: BPI any branch, Solraya Enterprises, C/A 3535-8057-24

Please inform payment by sending email message to indicating where deposited (branch office address) , when deposited and how much for verification purposes.  During the day of training please bring deposit slip for confirmation or by texting CP (0917) 847-2639 indicating same information indicated above.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Happy Birthday to Zac Sarian

Happy Birthday Zac!

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you.

Sandy and Rey

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Agrikapihan at AANI St Vincent's

Every 2nd and 3rd Saturday of the month.

AANI St Vincent's, Tandang Sora

Seminar on Biotechology and Climate Change

Sept 9, 2011, 1pm, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

Something New, Something Old

Dinner amongst agri friends can't be just that :)

Stories led to plans and plans have to be acted on asap.

Watch out tomorrow....

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Interesting Agri People at the Vegetable Forum

ERWIN ESCUDERO, Cagayan de Oro, 33, was a student pilot who opted to go into agribusiness. We met him at the Vegetable Growers, Traders and Financiers Forum in Cebu City organized by East-West Seed Company in late November 2008.

MANGO KILLER. Erwin quips that he is known in Cagayan de Oro as the “Mango Killer” because he cut down many of the 900 old mango trees he and his father had been managing on an 8.7-hectare property they own.

He said that mango is not a profitable crop to grow in Cagayan de Oro. One time they spent ₱600,000 to induce 900 trees to flower and bear fruit. They only made a profit of ₱200,000 which he considered minuscule compared to the money and time spent. They tried to induce their mango trees seven more times but to no avail.

Finally, in 2005 Erwin sprayed 500 trees. The flowers were rained out. That was the last straw. He cut down 400 trees and made them into charcoal.

EXCITED ABOUT VEGETABLES. When we met him in Cebu City, he was excited about high-value vegetables. In May 2008 Erwin planted sweet pepper on three hectares. He harvested the first fruits in August and when harvesting was over, he got a total of 25 tons which he sold for an average of ₱30 per kilo. That was very profitable.

There was also one hectare that he planted later to sweet pepper which was being harvested when we interviewed him. He was harvesting two times a week, averaging 600 kilos weekly. At that time the price was ₱40 per kilo.

SHORT GESTATION PERIOD. Erwin loves high-vegetables because they have a short gestation period. Mangoes produce fruits only once a year. On the other hand, two crops of high-value vegetables could be planted in one year. There are even some that could be planted three or more times a year like cucumber, pakchoy, mustard, etc. One can stagger planting in such a way that there is cash flow throughout the year. And if quality of the produce is high, there is no problem marketing the same, according to Erwin. He has a stall at the Agora market inCagayan de Oro where he sells most of his harvest.

He revealed during our interview that he will also be planting next other high-value crops such as sweet corn, eggplant and tomato. He says vegetable production is more profitable than mango but one has to pay more attention to vegetables. If possible, he has to visit his plants every day. Contact Erwin at 0928-316-8416.


VIRGIE LLIDO, 66, of Cagayan de Oro, is also known as Kalabasa Queen. We previously met her in Cagayan de Oro in July 2008 and then again at the Vegetable Forum in Cebu City in late November 2008. The exciting news we got from her in Cebu is that a company in Manila is putting up a huge factory for the manufacture of flour from non-traditional raw materials, including squash. She said that representatives of the company have gone to her a number of times asking her to supply 250 tons of squash a month once the factory starts operating. Of course, that’s an exciting development.

RAGS-TO-RICHES. Virgie’s is a rags-to-riches story. She is a widow, 66, with 8 children who are now all well placed in their own professions. Before 1990, she was just an ordinary vegetable vendor in the city’s public market, selling small amounts of sayhote, potatoes and the like. One thing that changed her life tremendously was the telephone in her stall.

A certain lady from Iligan City whom she only knew as Aling Baby requested that she be allowed to use Virgie’s telephone number as her contact number in Cagayan de Oro. Up to now, though, she does not know Aling Baby’s complete name. She has lost contact with her completely.

One day in 1990, Virgie received a telephone call from Flor Noma, a vegetable dealer in Divisoria. She was looking for Aling Baby. Virgie told the caller that Aling Baby had not reported to Cagayan de Oro for a long time now and that she did not know her whereabouts.

The caller told Virgie that she badly needed two container vans of Suprema squash. Could she then buy the two container vans (total of 16 tons) of squash for her? At that time and up to now, Suprema from East-West Seed is the preferred variety and it is being produced in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental in really big volume.

Virgie frankly told Flor that she did not have any experience in shipping squash to Manila. She was just an ordinary vendor. Besides, she did not have the money to buy the big volume of squash. To which Flor immediately answered that she will send her the money.

Right away Flor sent her ₱50,000 through the Allied Bank. For a day, Virgie said she did not get the money from the bank. It was such a big amount for her. She had not received such an amount in her life. When she told Flor that she did not know how to ship the squash, Flor told her to see a certain Daday in Malaybalay. Fortunately, she knew Daday and so she contacted her. Daday would help Virgie to ship the squash.

It turned out that the ₱50,000 was not enough to pay for the two container vans of squash as each cost ₱32,000. She called Flor that the money was not enough, and Flor immediately sent ₱20,000. There was an excess of ₱6,000 so Virgie called up Flor again to return the excess amount.

Flor told Virgie to keep the amount as her payment for doing her the favor of buying and shipping the 2 container vans of squash. From then on, Virgie became Flor’s assembler of Suprema squash.

Virgie is now a multi-millionaire in her own right. She now supplies two other dealers in Manila besides Flor. She ships more than 10 container vans a week to Manila, 6 to Cebu and 4 to Bacolod. She buys her supplies from close to a hundred farmers in Misamis and Bukidnon. She herself plants Suprema on 32 hectares that was mortgaged to her for ₱375,000. She owns three big trucks used for hauling the harvests of farmers who sell to her. She has also bought the bodega where she conducts her business.

Virgie has also become some kind of a celebrity in Cagayan de Oro. After we featured her in Panorama Magazine, a staff of Jessica Soho of GMA Network called us up inquiring how to get in touch with Virgie. Subsequently, she was featured in Jessica’s TV program.

Virgie’s daughter who is a nurse stationed in Texas has petitioned her to migrate to the United States, or just to visit. Her visa to the US has already been approved but Virgie said she could not leave her squash business. It is a goldmine she can’t leave even for a short time. Photo shows Virgie (left) with Dr. Mary Ann Sayoc, general manager of East-West Seed Company, during the Vegetable Forum in Cebu. Virgie’s contact Nos. 0916-316-1411 and 088-583-0198.