Everyday we wake up to do the things that make sense of our purpose in the world. More than growing food and providing quality and affordable products, LEADS Agri embraces technological developments for the Filipinos. Since 1997, we’ve been encouraging our hardworking farmers to be entrepreneurs by supporting them to have increased yields. At LEADS, we strive to improve the lives of every Filipino everyday.
Agri – Entrepreneur of the Year 2015
Already an annual event, this year’s LEADS Cut Flower Recorida in Cebu has continued to bring smiles to the flower growers. Various barangays in Cebu were visited by the dancing Pandoy and the LEADS crew. The flower growers were very busy preparing the flowers—sorting, trimming bad leaves, grouping, and packing to be ready for shipping.
This year, cut flower in Cebu is seen to be a very profitable industry. The flowers are packed and sold either in dozens or in bundles, depending on the variety. During off-season, they are usually priced at 60-80 pesos, but because of the damage that the Typhoon Lando has caused in the cut flower industry of Benguet, the bundles of flowers like Violet, Malaysian Mumps, Spider, Golden, et cetera increased to Php 100-200 per bundle. These values go double when transported and resold. In the past two years, the cut flower industry in Cebu has been observed to be growing. Still, it isn’t as prolific as it used to be in the early 90s, where almost every backyard was planted with flowers and everyone was selling flowers. To date, around 1500 hectares are dedicated to growing cut flowers, but no plantation is still seen and an average of 200 square meters is owned by each farmer. During the recorida, various trucks, jeeps, and buyers are seen lurking in the area. Over the years, Cebu has been one of the sources of flowers for its neighbouring islands like Iloilo, Bacolod, and Negros.
The growers start planting the flowers from an average of 3 to 4 months to as much as 6 months before season, depending on the variety they choose to grow. Several techniques are applied, such as photoperiodism, to control the growth of the blossoms. LEADS Agri has various products that help in solving problems brought about by pest and diseases in flowers as well as fertilizer inputs that increase vigour and flowering. If you happen to have cut flower farms do not hesitate to contact us.
Written by: Mara Balayan
One of DA’s projects, Agri Pinoy Trading Post, is accomplished in Dalaguete Cebu. It serves as a drop-off point for farmers harvest and a selling space for traders. It was a good spot to conduct the Pest Clinic, where farmers brought in their sick plants and LEADS team helped identify and provide solutions. From the streets of Dalaguete leading to the Agri Pinoy Trading Post, Pandoy and a band made some noise and entertained the farmers, traders, and buyers in the area.
Mr. Paterno Beldan is a user of Aztron. He is one of the biggest land owners of vegetable farm in Brgy. Tabon, Dalaguete, Cebu. He was experiencing trouble with pests in cabbage. The first insecticide that he was using was no longer effective as it had developed resistance. Good thing our sales manager was able to pay his farm a visit and recommended Aztron, an organic product of LEADS Agri which best fights insect pests in cabbage especially DBM.
With the active ingredient, Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. aizawa, Aztron provides the following features and benefits:
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Written by: Mara Balayan
The recent Mango Congress was held in The Grand Convention in Cebu City it was joined by around 300 delegates from across the country. The two-day Congress that happened last October 27-28, 2015 focused on the theme “Bracing the ill effects of climate change thru empowered mango industry associations.”
The Mango industry still continues to be one of the biggest contributors to Philippine Agriculture but sadly, the participants of the Congress feel like they get very little support from the National Government. Some areas such as Ilocos has been getting a great support from the Provincial Government, the governor providing funds for Mango growers to rehabilitate their farms. In some areas like in Cebu, the LGU support is felt at the level of the Mayor. Cebu City’s Mayor even sang in the event and charmed the crowd.
Mang Carding, a satisfied user and a staple endorser of LEADS Agri products, especially Domark Pro, talked about the problems of Mango growers and about how to improve Mango production profits. He urged the group to be one in solving the problems of the industry. He asked the help of the Visayas and Mindanao team to adjust production two months later so that the three main regions in the country do not produce an excess of Mangoes in the months of April and May which results to a very low price of Mango sales and a loss for the contractors. He also shared a couple of techniques that he has developed through the years, including using quality and trusted fungicide –Domark Pro. Mang Carding has won several local and national awards in Agriculture including the 2015 National Gawad Saka Award, and the prestigious Agri-Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015.
Our partner from SQM also had a participation in the event. Dr. Steeve Oosthuyse shared how Ultrasol K, a brand distributed by LEADS is best used as flower inducer for Mangoes. LEADS Agri Booth was shared with SQM. The folks had fun answering our mini quiz questions all about mango! Wanna try the game? Send us an email for the questionnaire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by: Mara Balayan
“Sparkle with Starkle TV Program” was launched last February and ended in June 2015. As the name suggests, participating dealers who reach a specific volume of sales for Starkle wins an LED television.
Starkle is the famous insecticide which made a huge impact in solving the Cocolisap outbreak that infested the areas of Region IV-A and Basilan, damaging around 2.7 million coconut trees in 2013. Dinotefuran is the active ingredient of Starkle and its modes of action are Systemic, with Contact and Stomach action, and affects insect’s nervous system. It is also a Nicotinic Acetylcholine receptor agonist /antagonist.
Congratulations to the winners of “Sparkle with Starkle TV Program” Talaga namang Sarap Buhay sa Starkle!
Erwin Rubico of Five E Agri Supply from Calabarzon Area.
Ms. Grace L. Ramos of GL Ramos Agricultural Supply from Calabarzon Area.
Felix Mejos of Flamal Kids Enterprises from Davao Oriental.
Cristina Villame of KVC Villame General Merchandise and Agri Supply from Isabela City.
Written by: Sarah Villanueva