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Rice strains fight disease

Thursday, 09 December 2010 05:57

Thai scientists have successfully developed new rice strains with a high anti-oxidant component that works to prevent the development of cancer and thalassemia.

Rice Science Centre director Apichart Vanavichit said the move was a significant step in giving Thai rice more added health value in line with global trends.

The cross-bred rice strains that fight the diseases are Hom Mali 105 and Homnil.

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Planters raise spray ban case to President

Thursday, 19 November 2009 11:56

DAVAO CITY — Officials of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) have met with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her visit here on Friday to discuss the plight of the banana industry, including pressing issues such as the aerial spraying ban.

A source privy to the closed-door meeting said the President even called up Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III and instructed him to look into the department-commissioned 2006 study that resulted in recommending the ban.

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Japan relaxes restriction on Philippine okra export

Monday, 09 November 2009 05:08

LOCAL exporters of okra expect shipments to reach as much as P505 million for the 2009-2010 period after Tokyo relaxed its testing restrictions on the produce.

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Potential vs Mango Fungal Disease: 2 microorganisms tested as 'biocontrol agents'

Thursday, 06 August 2009 00:00

MANILA, Philippines - Researchers from the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City, Ilocos Norte have discovered the potential of two microorganisms commonly found in soil as “biocontrol agents” against Colletotrichum gloeosporioides, the most serious fungal disease of mango.

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Mango exports reel from pesticide curbs

Tuesday, 16 September 2008 00:00

STRICT PESTICIDE residue limits set by Japan have aggravated the problem facing fresh mango exports caused by low production due to weather disturbance, industry and government officials have said.
"The export of Philippine mangoes is seriously affected by stricter environmental and health regulations imposed by Japan, one of the major Philippine export markets," said Roberto C. Amores, president of the Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization, Inc. and the Philippine Mango Exporters Foundation, Inc., in an e-mail the other day. "The recent cases of agricultural chemical residue detections on Philippine mangoes [which were sent back] will constrict the export growth of this product."

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