Wednesday, April 29, 2015

All Set for Urban Agri Trade Show

SNAP Hydroponics
It is all systems go for the May 1-3 Urban Agriculture trade show at the Rockwell Tent at the corner of Estrella St. and Rockwell in Makati City. It is open free to the public.
The trade show is under the auspices of the Manila Bulletin’s Agriculture Magazine which is now into its 19th year and is the most widely circulated agriculture magazine in the country.
Among those who will be showcasing their products and services are RU Foundry and Puro Organic from Bacolod City. RU Foundry of Ramon Uy manufactures shredders, essential oil extractor, ram pump and others. Puro Organic, a sister company, is into organic vegetables, organic rice, coffee and other organic farm produce.
Allied Botanical Corporation is one of the seed companies that will showcase its new vegetable hybrids, both for the lowland and the highland. The others are Ramgo, Harbest Agribusiness and East-West Seed Company.
Aside from high-value seeds, Harbest Agribusiness has its small tractors which are highly efficient in bed preparation for vegetable planting. It has drip irrigation system, plastic mulch and other farm inputs.
Kainitz Corporation owned by Caysing Tan boasts of its drip irrigation system, small farm machines, power tools, shredders, rice mill, chippers and many more.
Macondray Philippines will showcase its plastic products that are used in urban farming and gardening. Costales Nature Farms from Majayjay, Laguna will also be there. It is one of the big users of Macondray’s plastic tubes and other products for growing lettuce, herbs and other vegetables.
Also joining the trade show are Land Bank of the Philippines, Seven Days of Green, God’s Grace Farm, UP Los Baños, Milea Bee Farm of San Jose, Batangas, Support Organic Agriculture Philippines (SOAP), Aztec Spirulina Farm, Paningbatan Farm, Sarian Farm, Got Heart Foundation, Modular Aquaponics, The Green Company, Sanchez Farm, Juan Longanisa and others.
FREE SEMINARS – Free seminars will be among the highlights of the trade show. At 1 p.m. of May 1, Zac B. Sarian will lecture on how to grow fruit trees in containers. This is something we have been doing for many years now. There are advantages in growing fruit trees in containers, especially in the urban areas where space for growing plants is usually limited.
Starting at 2:30 in the afternoon of May 1, Prof. Primitivo Jose Santos will discuss container gardening using the SNAP Hydroponics technology developed by a team of Los Baños researchers headed by Prof. Santos himself.
On May 2, starting at 1 p.m., Dr. Pio Javier will discuss “Management of Insect Pests in Organic Vegetable Production.” Then, on the next day, May 3, at 4 p.m., Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. will talk on Edible Landscaping.
WHAT TO BUY – Attendees will be able to buy organic food products that will include colored rice, fruits and vegetables, herbal preparations like turmeric products, food supplements, pickles, regional delicacies and many more.
For sure, East-West Seed will be offering its farm-ready-seedlings like tomato, pepper, eggplant, cucumber and more. Also, seeds will be available.
On our part, we will be making available our superior fruit trees like the super avocado, sweet kamias, imported makopa varieties (five kinds), Abiu, ever-bearing cacao, Vietnam pummelos, sweet balimbing, longkong lanzones, durian, seedless atis, pomegranate from Israel, Japanese saluyot seeds and many more.
Written by: Zac Sarian

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