Agri Archive

Backyard Piggery Project

Although demand for pork in many areas is high, the rising cost of production discourages many small farmers from attempting to raise swine on a small scale. The use of commercial feeds is one of the main reasons for high production costs. Purchased feeds can constitute 60-80% of total expenses. Once an animal is sold,

Improving the Native Chicken Breed

Majority of small and marginal farmers raise native chicken in their backyards. The native chicken are nondescript, mongrel birds that have evolved from jungle fowls interbred with domesticated ones brought into the country by early Chinese, Spanish and Dutch traders and settlers. The native chicken have adapted themselves to adverse conditions in small farms –

Proper Handling of Garden Produce

I. Conserving and safeguarding quality and freshness of garden produce After harvest, the quality of fruits and vegetables cannot be improved but can only be maintained for a certain period of time. Therefore, proper care should start with harvesting. Time of Harvesting Fruit-bearing vegetables should be harvested as soon as the dew dries in the

Green Mussel or Tahong Culture

The green bay mussel or tahong (Perna viridis) is a popular and delicious food item. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates. Green mussels were originally regarded as pests before World War II because they competed with food and space in oyster farms. In 1950, it was recognized as a primary bivalve food.

The Process of Drying Ginger, Part 2

The Process for Dried Ginger The fresh rhizome is harvested at between 8 to 9 months of age. The roots and leaves are removed and the rhizomes are washed. The rhizomes have to be “killed” or inactivated. This is done by peeling, rough scraping or chopping the rhizome into slices (either lengthwise or across the