Business Idea: Raise Goats In Tagaytay

You might want to try raising #goats in #Tagaytay. This dude seems pretty chill hanging out right beside the social hall. He’s also the official #mascot of #Tagô, so they’ve affectionately named him Tagoat. #HallAndGoats #WhatToDoinTagaytay #CountryLifestyle #CountryLife #TagaytayLiving

You might want to try raising #goats in #Tagaytay. This dude seems pretty chill hanging out right beside the social hall. He's also the official #mascot of #Tagô, so they've affectionately named him Tagoat. #HallAndGoats #WhatToDoinTagaytay #CountryLifestyle #CountryLife #TagaytayLiving

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Join an Agri-Business Tour to Laguna

Metro Tagaytay is conveniently close to the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, and Laguna.  And just as it is in Tagaytay City and the neighboring towns, there are also a lot of farms in these provinces.

Costales Farms Agri-Tour

Shared by agri-entrepreneur Jason Javier. If you’d like to know more about investing in an agri-business, you may want to check this out.

In fact, one of our observations with the neighborhood of Metro Tagaytay is the rise of all kinds of farms– from organic agri-ventures, to farms that specialize in raising particular livestock (such as hogs the odorless way, or rabbits for fun and profit), and farms that support nearby restaurants (such as those belonging to Gourmet Farms, or Mushroom Burger, among others).

Pangilinan Encourages Pinoys to Pursue Agri-Business

Here at Tagaytay Living, we believe that agri-business is the way to go. Investing in agricultural projects goes a long way towards not just our own food security, but also as viable business ventures for forward-thinking entrepreneurs.

Metro Tagaytay Lots For Sale, by TagaytayLiving.com and TagaytayLotsForSale.com.

At the recent Agri-Negosyo Summit of Go Negosyo, Secretary Francis Pangilinan of the Presidential Consultant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization encouraged Filipinos to invest in the agriculture industry.

Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit (GNAS) aimed to present various business models from farming, fishing, and animal rising. The event recognized inspiring agricultural entrepreneurs oragripreneurs who have significantly contributed to their communities’ development.

Tagaytay Living - Atis - Photo by Creative-Meals.com

Grafted Fruit-bearing Plants Are a Hit with Tagaytay Visitors

Among some of the must-buy items for those visiting the Mahogany Market in Tagaytay, more than organic veggies, tawilis and maliputo, or other pasalubong, it seems that grafted fruit-bearing trees are at the top of the list. Today’s featured article comes from Loqal.ph.

Lychee fruit. Photo by B. Navez.

For entrepreneur Rosalina Piñol, selling fruit-bearing plants can be a good business because there are a lot of people who enjoy growing their own fruit trees.

Piñol says she did not want to sell actual fruits, but always wanted to sell fruit-bearing trees and let the customers see the trees grow on their own backyards.

She says she learned grafting and soon was able to find suppliers who can do the grafting for her and all she has to do is to be familiar with the plants and promote the fruit-bearing trees.

Grafting is widely used in agriculture and horticulture where the tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse with those of another producing a highly productive plant.

With 5,000 pesos in capital, Piñol started her small business in February 2009.

“I started buying plants that are readily available and are more familiar to customers. Then from there, it just evolved quickly to where it is right now,” she recalls.

Malayan Red Dwarf coconut palm. Photo by Trainee Agriculturist in Malaysia.

Malayan Red Dwarf coconut palm. Photo by Trainee Agriculturist in Malaysia.

She later started to sell hybrid coconut dwarf, seedless atis, star apple, lychee, American lemon, guaple, lanzones, and almost every fruit that one can find growing in a tropical country.

“These plants grow with the help of organic fertilizer which also makes the fruits a lot safer to eat and they grow faster compared to plants planted in the usual way,” she says.

According to Piñol, although she does not have a lot as big as others right now, she encourages those with a lot of big spaces to grow fruit-bearing trees and sell them as an alternative livelihood.

Aside from fruit-bearing plants, Piñol also offers forest tree ornamentals and culinary herbs.

Credits

Original post by Marjorie Gorospe for Loqal.ph. Thanks to Creative-Meals for the atis photo, B.Navez for the lychee photo, and Trainee Agriculturist for dwarf coconut photo.

Chilli Plants

5 Easy To Grow Chilli Plant Varieties

In a previous post, Louie Watts shares with us a whole bunch of tips on how to grow your own chilli plants.  He continues with a number of easy-to-grow chilli plant varieties, so here we are with his five recommendations to get started.

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red

My parents grow these with a frustrating ease, minimal effort and maximum output as they have been specially developed for windowsill growing in pots.

They produce ‘demon’ horn chillies that face up and turn from green to a bright, vibrant red. They also grow in a bushy way, so don’t need much space above them. Heed the warning though, as they pack a considerable punch, so my general rule is use one for each person you cook for.

Don’t eat them raw – it will hurt.

Serrano Chillies by Mariquita

Serrano Chillies by Mariquita

Serrano 

These guys I have grown with success last year and are great for pickling. Their colour also varies when they mature which can be a spectacular sight.

They aren’t as hot as the demon chillies above, but they are good to just pick off and eat raw. If you’ve got the space, plant these outside and they’ll get to 1m tall and give you lots of colourful fruits.

If you do plant them outside in a big pot, its best to stick a wooden pole next to the plant for support, as they will (hopefully) become heavy with fruit.

Cherry Bomb Chilli by Gadar

Cherry Bomb Chilli by Gadar

Cherry Bomb

This plant will provide you with fleshy cherry-like globular fruit that have a slight kick. Again they’re great for pickling, and you may often have seen them stuffed with cheese or a filling. They’re a bit different as normally chillies have a tapered end, but these guys are squat and proud.

Click here to read more about 10 Survival foods you can grow.

Cayenne Chilli by Kitchen Garden Notebook

Cayenne Chilli by Kitchen Garden Notebook

Cayenne

Probably one of the best known varieties, I grew these from a pot, on my windowsill two years ago. They are long, tapered and fiery chillies that you can cook with whether green or red. Green they are great in burgers, kebabs and salads. Red they fantastic in stir fry’s and Mexican cooking.

The accompanying picture is probably a third of my yield two years ago, showing just how easy they are to grow. Again they’re a variety that you can plant out later on and will grow big and tall. Probably not Jack and the Beanstalk height, but not far off.

Unless you fancy an unpleasant, milk crazed twenty minutes, don’t eat these raw.

Hungarian Hot Wax

Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

This variety is renowned for growing well in cooler climates, and is a multi-purpose chilli. Pickle it, eat it raw, pop it on salads or use it for decoration as the fruits vary in colour. They are often picked when yellow, just before they ripen.

I have also eaten these chillies when they’ve been stuffed with cheese as despite their name, they are relatively mild. The plant will keep producing long after summer so long as you keep taking the fruits.

(Article by Louie Watts, via Good To Be Home by Anglian.)

Chilli Plants

How to Grow Your Own Chilli Plants

Louie Watts shares with us a whole bunch of tips on how to grow your own chilli plants, so you can pick your own fresh chillies straight out of your garden!

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Here’s a handy guide to get you on your way to growing some chillies to add a real zing to your meals, sandwiches, sauces and drinks.

The Coffee Industry of Amadeo

Long before the Department of Agriculture launched its campaign to plant coffee to curb the constant drain of dollar reserves due to heavy importation of coffee, Amadeo was already engaged in coffee farming.

Coffee Plants in Amadeo, Cavite.

Coffee Plants in Amadeo, Cavite.

As early as 1880, Amadeo was producing Arabica, a variety known for its aroma and flavor, in modest scale. Formerly called Kapeng Tagalog, it was intercropped with other produce, supplementing community livelihood.

However, in 1890, an organism known as “Coffee Rust” (Hemilia Vastatriz), swept the plantations. Rust-like patches on the leaves spread rapidly from tree to tree until entire coffee plantations appeared burned. Coffee fields were ruined.

Coming to the rescue, the government sent coffee experts abroad to look for varieties resistant to coffee rust and suited to the Philippine condition. In 1922, the Department of Agriculture introduced three varieties from South America, the right substitute for Arabica coffee.

These were the Robusta, Excelsa, and Liberica, each with its own particular characteristics. Liberica coffee produces big beans, resistant to drought. The pulp is very thick and it takes 40 days to dry. It is a prolific bearer. Excelsa is also resistant to drought and takes 25 days to dry. With a pulp that does not separate from the beans when milled, Robusta, is most preferred by coffee growers. It dries in 15 days and since the pulp easily separates from the beans, it takes least effort to clean.

Year after year, the people of Amadeo continued planting this variety and after 10 years, 900 hectares were planted to coffee, and Amadeo began selling coffee at commercial scale. But when the Pacific War broke out, coffee cannot be brought to Manila due to the lack of transportation. Many coffee growers cut their coffee trees and plant rice. But in 1946 with the war over, coffee was again in demand, but at such high price that the business world referred to it as brown gold. Foresighted Amadeo growers saw the potential and began to revive their coffee industry. By 1960, some 2,212 hectares were devoted to coffee, making Amadeo a major coffee producer supplying coffee factories in Manila. Soon Amadeo coffee merchants extended their routes from Manila to Batangas, Baguio, and other places.

Today farmers sell their coffee as fresh berries, parchment coffee, dried or green to coffee traders, exporters and the end users/processors. Milling is mostly by small-scale wholesalers-millers using rice or corn mills. Lately, more efficient and modern milling facilities have been installed in the town. Coffee areas are now accessible to end-users through good roads. Domestic and international market demands for high quality coffee has resulted in better storage warehouses. However, the town still needs more modern processing facilities.

Amadeo hopes to penetrate the world market as the clamor for good coffee growers. Even the young, the world over, are now a coffee drinking generation.

From the website of the National Statitical Coordination Board (NSCB).