New banana resists Panama wilt


AGRICULTURE aprilTHE April 2014 issue of Agriculture Magazine is now being printed and is expected to be off the press very soon.

The cover features the big bunch of GCTCV 219 banana flanked by Dr. Agustin Molina of Bioversity International and Emil Diamante of Philippine Fresh Fruits Corporation of Davao City..

GCTCV 219 is a tissue cultured variant from Taiwan that is proving to be resistant to the Panama Wilt, a.k.a. Fusarium Wilt, which has been ravaging progressively commercial Cavendish plantations in Mindanao.

There are many other informative stories in the April issue. One of them is about Pat Acosta, an organic vegetable producer who is supporting a family comfortably, maintaining a healthy lifestyle by just cultivating 3,000 square meters in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Another inspiring story is about what’s new at the Costales Nature Farms which conducted its annual harvest festival last February 23. There’s also a story about a military camp that has developed an organic farm.

Agriculture Magazine is the most widely circulated magazine of its kind in the Philippines. It is published by the Manila Bulletin and edited by Zac B. Sarian, your blogger.

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