Saturday, November 17, 2018

East West Seed partakes to Asian Seed Congress 2018 and host a Farm Tour at Villar SIPAG Farm School

November 16, 2018 Bacoor Cavite - top ranking seed company East-West Seed hosted a Demo Field Day showcasing over 100 vegetable varieties and formally opened the Villar SIPAG Farm School to welcome delegates from different parts of the world participating in the 25th Asian Seed Congress 2018.

It is fascinating how technology brings a lot of changes to improve human lives. In this tour, we learn a lot of things about farming from seeds planting until harvesting. We heard and saw great innovations that started from seeds that bring changes over the life of a normal farmer. Different varieties of vegetable& fruits that first time I saw hand to hand and each plant has own different story to tell. Watch out the video later on so you can understand more about this innovations.

“Better Seeds for a Better World”
With the theme, “Better Seeds for a Better World,” the field demo features a wide range of vegetable varieties that produce a better yield, thrive in changing conditions, and have traits that are attractive to vegetable consumers. It also boasts unique varieties including rounded eggplant, butternut pumpkin, purple waxy-sweet corn, and purple yardlong bean. 

This event also has an interactive component with East-West Seed’s catalog app CropWiki which was launched last 2017. CropWiki contains detailed information on over 900 of East-West Seed’s vegetable varieties. Filled with physical and genetic crop information, the app can help increase farmers’ income because it provides the knowledge needed to make informed decisions in farming.

Farming made so easy with the latest app that will guide you from seeding up to harvesting of crops. Download now and let your farming journey begin.

This commitment was recently highlighted in a recognition received by East-West Seed at the Asian Seed Congress 2018. The independent organization Access to Seeds revealed EWS to be number 1 out of 24 companies in serving smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia. 

Sen. Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food welcomes and greeted the Asian Seed Congress delegates and media guests.  “We are glad that East-West Seed has chosen this as the venue for the East-West Seed Field Day 2018.” She also thanked EWS for partnering with Villar SIPAG in the training programs and its generosity in sharing expertise in vegetable farming.

For over three decades, East-West Seed has served over 18 million smallholder farmers worldwide to increase their productivity and incomes. Part of their efforts have been to provide and breed specific needs of their clients, selling seeds in small packages, and providing training to farmers. It is this business model that proves and supports the goal of the Access to Seed Index which is to bridge the gap between the world’s leading seed companies and the smallholder farmer.

“East-West Seed developed these vegetable varieties with the aim to improve the lives and incomes of smallholder farmers around the world and to help give better nutrition to consumers,” said Mike Dela Paz, Product Manager of East-West Seed. 

I grow in a family of a farmer so I have a great attachment to plants. Unfortunately, I did not inherit the skill of my father having a "green thumb" that enables him to raise plant successfully. Back then before there are huge empty lots that are available for farming and we use it for planting but now sadly it's full of houses and establishment.  I remember those days, he planted a few varieties of plants too like Upo, Patola, Ampalaya, Kamatis, Talong, Okra, Sitaw, Mani, Mais, Sili, Lemon Grass at Kangkong when the land is flooded. Our part from his farm is to hose the plants in the morning and evening, it is quite tiring but worth it when harvesting time comes. Even now he is old he continues to plant in our backyard and right now we have a tree of Indian Mango and Kamias.

The Access to Seeds Index is measuring and ranking seed companies according to their efforts to improve access to quality seeds of improved varieties to support smallholder farmer productivity.

“We are deeply proud of this achievement as it reflects our continued mission to improve the lives of farmers one seed at a time,” said Henk Hermans, EWS General Manager in the Philippines.

East-West Seed will also hold Field Days for the public on November 21 to 23 in their demo fields in Villar SIPAG Farm and in the University of the Philippines - Los Banos. Urban gardening workshops, cooking demos, learning sessions with farmers, and a career day for students will be held during these field days and will be offered for FREE to everyone at the Villar SIPAG Farm

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