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.

Tagaytay Day Resort Tempts Tourists With Agritourism & Farm-to-Table Cuisine

(Via TTG Asia. Reported by Marianne Carandang.)

SPA and F&B day resort Gourmet Farms in Tagaytay has unveiled its new line-up of products targeting leisure travellers, events and agritourism.

Gourmet Farms’ organises pre-scheduled day tours of its organic farm facilities, where it grows lettuce, herbs, indigenous herbal teas, raises organic pork and poultry, and roasts high-value, locally sourced coffee beans including civet coffee.

The Gourmet Farm, in Silang, Cavite.  Photo from the official Gourmet Farm page on Facebook.

The Gourmet Farm, in Silang, Cavite. Photo from the official Gourmet Farm page on Facebook.

While Gourmet Farms does not market itself as a B&B, it hosts specialised spiritual and wellness detox retreats for religious-oriented groups of up to 30 pax, who can pre-book a whole day or 3D2N weekend stay at the resort’s 20 casitas with ready access to its chapel and function area with audiovisual equipment and Wi-Fi.

The farm’s product is served on the a la carte and banquet menus of its restaurant, The Dining Room. Capable of accommodating up to 150 pax, the restaurant has two private dining areas, one for six guests and the other for 15.

For banquets, the al fresco garden can hold up to 300 pax.

Gourmet Farms is promoting its farm and restaurant as part of the ongoing Flavours of the Philippines festival in the run-up to the Madrid Fusion Manila gastronomy congress and exhibition.

Read the original article here.  Visit the official Gourmet Farms Facebook page here.

The Philippines is Running Out of Farmers

(From the Philippine Daily Inquirer.  Article by Kristine Alave.)

The country’s food security is at risk as millions of farmers and fishermen are getting too old for what is back-breaking work and their children are not keen on taking over for lack of incentive to do so, agriculture and other officials said Thursday.

Tomatoes, growing from a farm in Amadeo, Cavite, just outside Tagaytay City.

Tomatoes, growing from a farm in Amadeo, Cavite, just outside Tagaytay City.

The officials said that the younger generation, who saw their parents grow old and poor in farming, do not see agriculture as a lucrative career.

According to data shown by officials at the Senate hearing on the Department of Agriculture’s 2012 budget, the average age of the country’s 11 million farmers and fishermen is 57.

Many of the farmers are small landholders, tilling an average of 2.5 hectares.

Senator Francis Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate committee on agriculture and food, said he recently met five farmers in Laguna, whose ages ranged between 60 and 78. “All of them are old. Their children do not want to go into farming,” he said at Thursday’s hearing.

There might come a time when the country will not have enough farmers and fishermen to grow and produce food, he warned.

“This is really a threat to our food security efforts,” the senator said. He added that the country’s rice supply will be one area that will be significantly affected by the loss of farmers.

The children and grandchildren of farmers and fishermen would rather go to the cities or migrate abroad than continue the farming tradition, Pangilinan said. For them, farming is not a way out of poverty.

“Their grandfathers were poor, their fathers were poor,” the senator said.

Data from the Department of Agriculture show that farming in the Philippines cannot support a family.

According to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, a farmer’s annual average income is about P20,000.

“This is less than P2,000 a month,” Pangilinan said, adding it was no wonder farming was not a very attractive occupation for Filipinos.

Pineapples are abundant in Metro Tagaytay.  These were picked from a farm in Amadeo, Cavite.

Pineapples are abundant in Metro Tagaytay. These were picked from a farm in Amadeo, Cavite.

In other countries, farmers are considered entrepreneurs and businessmen, Pangilinan noted. But in the Philippines, many farmers are still eking out subsistence farming that barely provides for their families even if their contribution to the Philippine economy is massive.

According to the DA, the agriculture and fishery sectors contribute nearly 20 percent to the country’s gross domestic product.

Acknowledging the problem, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said there was a need to raise the income of farmers to entice the younger generation and the overseas Filipino workers to go into agriculture. He noted that the DA seeks to raise by two to four percent the income of Filipino agriculture workers by 2016.

But even that increase is minimal, Pangilinan said. He said that the Philippine government should invest heavily in the agriculture sector to modernize it and improve yields.

Furthermore, farmers, fruit growers, and fishermen should learn new technologies. In his visit to Laguna, Pangilinan said the farmers said they planted only rice when they could plant other crops to increase their earnings.

In a previous interview, Pangilinan said agriculture workers should learn better technologies and study the science of farming. As farming involves so many variables such as weather and soil composition, a farmer should learn how to be exact in his technology and methods, he said.

Pangilinan urged the DA to step up marketing support for farmers.

Read the rest of the article here.


DTI To Put Up Bio-Composting Facility in Mendez, Cavite

(Via Business Mirror)

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Friday it will construct a bio-composting facility in Mendez, Cavite, which will produce 180,000 kilograms of organic compost and bio-liquid fertilizers annually.

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The DTI said in a statement that it will put up the Mendez Ecological Processing Center via its Shared Service Facility Project. The municipal government of Mendez will operate the facility.

The government said some 50 members of the Modern Farmers Association of Mendez will directly benefit from the project. It is also expected to help vegetable, fish and poultry vendors; food-service providers; 5,000 households in Mendez; and traders of organic compost and fertilizers.

“Mendez, primarily an agricultural town, is being considered for development prospects that would attract investors in leisure and entertainment, and ecotourism. Faced with the challenge, the municipal government initiated programs, among them eco-waste management to encourage farming especially to the unemployed youth,” the DTI said.

The eco-waste management program is targeting to reduce solid waste dumped and accumulated in the landfill and produce organic compost which can be a source of alternative livelihood.

The expected effort is multipronged: providing balance between economic growth and ecological stability; entrepreneurship; and creating jobs for 30 individuals mostly from the small-to-backyard farmers’ group.

With its increasing population, the DTI noted that Mendez generates 7 tons of garbage daily of which more than half is compostable. Currently, solid waste are being collected and dumped in a sanitary landfill with no processes being done aside from the segregation. The bio-composting facility will reduce 56 percent of the solid waste and convert these into affordable organic compost fertilizer.

Waste of market vendors grouped in clusters will be processed, of which 50 percent of processed products will be given back to the clusters. To a certain extent, the DTI said this will satisfy the compost needs of those with agribusiness ventures. The remaining half will be retained at the eco-processing center.

The DTI hopes that the bio-composting facility would encourage more Cavite residents to go into business.

Mayor Frederick Vida accepted the machinery and equipment from the DTI. Vida offered the lot where the building for the facility as the municipal government’s counterpart.

He said he expects the project to renew the interest of the youth in farming and to encourage more Mendez residents to practice full waste segregation.

View the original article here.

Organic, Odorless Hog-raising in Alfonso, Cavite

One of the things you’d really want to do in Metro Tagaytay is set up your own farm. In the nearby town of Alfonso, farmers have been raising hogs the organic, odorless way.

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Traditionally, pig farms really stink up the neighborhood, which is why they’re situated far from residential clusters. Now that organic farms are all the rage, you might want to learn more from the experts. Check out this two-part seminar on organic and odorless hog-raising.

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This video seminar on natural hog-raising and natural farming was brought to you by Feedpro and Kota Verde Resort. More agricultural videos may be found here on the official YouTube channel of Mag-Agri Tayo.

Kota Verde Farm and Resort is located in Alfonso, Cavite.