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Monday, November 26, 2018

East-West Seed hosts Vegetable Field Day at Villar Sipag Farm

“We are glad that East-West Seed has chosen this as the venue for the East-West Seed Field Day 2018.” ~Sen. Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food

As the song goes "Magtanim ay di biro maghapong nakayoko di man lang makaupo di man lang makatayo....." makes me appreciate the farmers more, and I am one of a farmers granddaughter myself.

The East-West Seed (EWS) showcases over 100 vegetable varieties to the delegates and media guests which are set-up in a unique ‘Pinoy Fiesta’ format from different varieties of vegetables, fruits, and a lot more than you can see in a farm. Last November 16, 2018, Part of the delegates of the 25th Asian Seed Congress 2018, went on a field demo tour at the East-West Seed (EWS) at the Villar SIPAG Farm in Bacoor, Cavite. As part of its participation to the 25th Asian Seed Congress 2018.

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

#1 in South and Southeast Asia 
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. 

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.

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 has 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.

“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.

Different kinds of chilies/Peppers

Different variety of Flowers


Oh My Gulay: Tanim sa kinabukasan Garden

Types of equipment and Machines in Farming

What to see inside Villar Sipag Farm

How to make/grow a seed making

East-West Seed also holds Field Days for the public last 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 has been held during those field days and offered FREE to everyone.

It wasn't just a day at the farm learning but as well as just like the seeds growing as well. I've come to my senses and realized why not make 1 or 2 simple pot of vegetable that I can grow at home since we have a lot of sunlight in the morning from our terrace might as well a good start for an urban farming. I could start from a few seeds of tomatoes and pepper, will see once I harvest. ^_^

In reality it is not just the chidrens of today are the needs of the future but our farmers as well especially our local farmers.

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