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Allied Botanical Corp. Opens House, Gets Top Government Commendation

Allied Botanical Corporation (ABC) recently introduced newly bred and developed varieties, particularly 430 varieties of 34 vegetable species, as well as new production technologies in its recent Open House.

The crops introduced were 10 varieties of herbs, 53 varieties of oriental greens, 15 varieties of cabbage, eight varieties of Chinese cabbage, 22 varieties of cauliflower, eight varieties of broccoli, 6 varieties of iceberg lettuce, 14 varieties of leaf/fancy lettuce, 12 varieties of bell pepper, eight varieties of wax pepper, eight varieties of finger pepper, four hot peppers, three sorghum, 16 super sweet corn, 28 eggplants, eight okra, eight dark green pole sitao, eight light green pole sitao, two other pod sitao with unknown color, six varieties of bush sitao, four cowpeas, seven snap beans, 43 roma tomatoes, 10 cherry tomatoes, 17 beefsteak tomatoes, 13 varieties of squash, 38 cucumbers, 11 ampalaya, four varieties of upo, 10 varieties of patola, 17 watermelon, 20 melon, and 21 waxy corn.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Arthur C. Yap praised Allied Botanical Corporation (ABC) and its thrust of enhancing agriculture to improve the lives of everyone on the first day of the company?s Annual Open House on January 29-30 in its 23-hectare farm and research station in Tayug, Pangasinan.

?Mataas po ang cost natin sa agrikultura. Import dependent po tayo kaya?t palakpakan po natin si Willy sa kanyang desisyon na huwag magpahinga at tuluy-tuloy na mamuhunan sa agrikultura (we have a high agricultural cost and we are import-dependent. That?s why let?s give Willy a round of applause for his decision to continue working and investing in agriculture) ,? says the Secretary as the company?s mission of enhancing the lives of everyone coincides with DA?s Gulayan ng Masa (Vegetable for the Masses) Programme, where households are given free seeds, which they can use to improve their lives. This is also in lieu with the department?s vision of increasing vegetable production by 300,000 metric tons this year.

He encouraged Mr. Willy U. Co, ABC president and general manager, to produce more seeds on ampalaya, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, eggplant, and pechay as the country needs certain numbers of these crops to attain the demand for such vegetables this year. This he mentioned in front of almost 1,500 farmers, dealers, DA national and regional directors, local government leaders within the area, and media men, among others, who visited the Allied Agro Technologies, Inc. building and the 23-hectare farm of ABC on the first day of the two-day Open House. Among which are Hon. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas, vice governor of Pangasinan; Hon. Carlos Trece-Mapili, mayor of Tayug, Pangasinan, Hon. Proceso Alcala, representative of the 2nd District of Quezon; Dir, Joel Rudinas, director of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), some members of the Philippine Seed Industry.

Sec. Yap likewise revealed other good news to the guests, one of which is the National Seed Program Support, where the program aims to support farmers and seed growers in their vegetable production by providing them with post harvest technologies such as flatbed dryers.

?This is the biggest post harvest program our country has ever embarked in. President Arroyo initially released PhP.2 billion. By the end of the year, 50 corn dryers will be released....The Department of Agriculture (DA) is going to release two hundred metric ton capacity corn dryers. This is the biggest post harvest program in our Philippine history and we will complete it in 2008,? declares the DA Secretary.

The Secretary reiterated that DA needs the support of companies that believe in the department?s programs and projects. ?I assure that our farmers will gain a 100% profit. We are increasing agricultural production in the country. With the help of companies, and the programmes of the local government, it can be done,? ends the Secretary.

Submitted by: Nikki Farin, Allied Botanical Inc.