LOOK! Brgy. Masaya Farmers Happy Without Chemical Pesticides!

In 2015, corn and eggplant farmers in Brgy. Masaya, Rosario in Batangas had good harvests without resorting to chemical pesticides to control insect pests. How? By releasing wasps called Trichograma that parasitize the eggs of destructive insects. In August 2015, our friend Pat Dugan who has a farm in Rosario, […]


HEY! Here’s A Very Useful Booklet On Veggie Pests And Diseases

A booklet we got when we attended a seminar conducted by the Agricultural Training Institute is very informative. It is titled “Management Guide For Insect Pests And Diseases Of Lowland Vegetables.” Pictures of the pests are featured, including their characteristics, damage symptoms and control measures. Example: Aphids which suck the […]

AANI Agri-Bazaar Set January 24-26, 2020, Quezon Memorial Circle, QC

The three-day AANI Agri-Bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan will be held on January 24, 25 and 26, 2020 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. The  event will feature fresh farm produce like fruits and vegetables, farm and garden supplies such as fertilizers, plant protection products, seeds and planting materials, garden […]

Wood Vinegar Now Available In Teresa, Rizal

Wood Vinegar or Mokusaku is now available at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. This is a product that can be used as plant growth enhancer, insect repellant and composting activator. It is very useful to both organic and conventional farmers. It can be sprayed in pigpens and chicken houses […]

HOOORAY!!!! Enthusiasts Really Love Practical Farm Tips

Judging from the statistics in 0ur blog (zacsarian.com), farming enthusiasts really love to read simple and doable farm tips. For instance, in the last days of December 2019 and the succeeding days of January, we posted nothing but practical farm tips. And what did we get? When we posted the […]

HEY, COOKS! Vinegar Can Reduce Pesticide Residue In Pechay!

There are times when insecticide residues exceed the Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) in pechay available in the market. This was reported by Dr.Susan May F. Calumpang and Dr. Gil Magsino of the Crop Protection Cluster of the College of Agriculture at UP Los Baños. In their experiments some years back, […]

GOAT RAISERS, LISTEN! An Effective Locally-Made Dewormer Is Here!

A dewormer made from extracts of Makahiya (Mimosa pudica), caimito and Makabuhay (Tinosphora rumphii) has been developed for goats, packaged into 500 mg capsules by Dr. Tomas J. Fernandez of the Visayas State University in Baybay City, Leyte. The dewormer can control Haemonchus contortus, the most harmful parasite in goats […]

Make A Little Business By Producing Kangkong Seeds, It’s Easy

YOU CAN produce your own upland kangkong seeds for planting. You just allow your plants to mature and bear flowers that will eventually produce seeds. The seeds you harvest will readily germinate whether you plant them direct in the plot are in a plastic seedling tray. Upland kangkong produces a […]


Humans make mistakes. Right? Right. That’s what happened to us when we harvested the first fruit of what is botanically known as Rolinia deliciosa. We searched the internet and we observed that Cherimoya cultivars are quite variable. When we saw the fruit of a cultivar that looked like that of […]

Why Ubi Seedling Producers Failed: First, They Should Have Put Up A Showcase Ubi Farm

In the past years, circa late 1990s, several micro entrepreneurs tried to make a business out of producing Ubi (purple yam) planting materials. Some of them resorted to tissue culture although most of them propagated by means of dividing the Ubi tubers into several pieces and sprouting them. The propagators […]

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