PhilRice’s food scientists found that lees, a residue from tapuy (Philippine rice wine), is an alternative nutrient-rich ingredient to baked food products. In a study by Rosaly Manaois and Amelia Morales, results showed that rice wine lees significantly improves the protein and dietary fiber content of brownies, a popular Filipino snack food. This finding comes from the paper, Nutritional and sensory quality of brownies supplemented with Tapuy (Philippine Rice Wine)… Read more
A PhilRice study found that unpolished pigmented rice (red or black rice) has high phytochemical contents and health-promoting properties making it a healthier alternative to white rice. In the study titled Healthier red and black rice: Not your ordinary staple food, 45 red rice and 25 black rice varieties collected from various provinces in the country were compared with white rice (Enolayan variety). They were characterized in terms of proximate composition, phytonutrients, and… Read more
AGRICULTURE officials of Thailand have expressed willingness to help the Philippines improve its food safety program through more benchmarking activities. Sanchai Tontyaporn, advisor to the National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards of Thailand, said the bid to boost food safety should start with good agricultural practices (GAP). Tontyaporn spoke about the Thai government's role in ensuring food safety in their country during the 2nd National Conference on Food Safety at… Read more
DAVAO Region is generally an agriculture-based economy but the region's agriculture sector has been growing slowly in the past couple of years. "While Davao Region’s economy is largely agriculture-based, the growth of its Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (AFF) remained to be the slowest among the sectors and its farmers and fishermen remained to be the poorest among the basic sectors," the Davao Regional Development Plan (DRDP) 2017 to 2022 states. The sector only grew by 1 percent… Read more
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture is blacklisting 43 garlic importers over the resurgence of an alleged cartel on the commodity that has prompted a spike in local prices. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will issue an administrative order that will ban 43 importers who were supposed to bring in a total of 70,000 metric tons (MT) of garlic for the first six months of 2017 but only imported 19,000 MT. "A total of 43 traditional importers of garlic who were… Read more
MANILA, Philippines - A study conducted in Region XII, particularly in North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Maguindanao, shows that applying good agricultural practices (GAP) reduces pests and diseases of Lakatan and Cardaba.  The study, “Enhanced productivity of Lakatan and Saba/Cardaba in Region 12,” was realized through the collaboration of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU), and Cotabato City State Polytechnic College… Read more
MANILA, Philippines - Considered a high-value crop and major agricultural produce in the Cordilleras, annual demand for potato in the country is about 745,000 metric tons. With the increasing number of fastfood chains in the country, meeting the country’s requirement for processing varieties is a great challenge for our potato stakeholders. The Northern Philippines Root Crops Research and Training Center is undertaking a project that aims to mass produce, commercialize, and promote… Read more
MANILA, Philippines -  The Department of Agriculture (DA) is allocating P2.5 billion for a loan program which aims to change the process of procuring rice seed varieties. The National Rice Productivity Loaning program  allows local farmers to have freer options in choosing the plant that will produce the best yield. “This program is expected to give a farmer a greater leeway in selecting the kind of seeds, provided these are certified seeds, that he would use in his farm and… Read more
MANILA, Philippines - Can wastes ultimately find their way to our tables? This is what the Marinduque State College explored in one of their studies under the project, “Enhancing Productivity and Viability of Arrowroot Industry in Marinduque,” which was supported by the Bureau of Agricultural Research under the Department of Agriculture’s high value crops development program. According to project leader Michael Capina, arrowroot is a local rootcrop that grows in the… Read more
MANILA, Philippines - The red Spanish pineapple is one of the four varieties of pineapple that are being grown in the Philippines, along with smooth Cayenne or Hawaiian, Queen or Formosa, and Cabezona. But due to the fibrous, sweet and coarse taste of its fruit, the red Spanish pineapple is mainly grown for its fiber. Compared to the other varieties, the red Spanish fruit is relatively small weighing around 0.91-1.4 kg. Externally, it is orange-red while its fibrous flesh is pale… Read more
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