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The Pest Management Council of the Philippines, Inc. (PMCP) recently held its 47th Anniversary and  Annual Scientific Conference last March 8-11 at Naga City, Camarines Sur with the theme “Sustainable Pest Management of Today and Tomorrow”. The PMCP consists of 6 member societies namely the Weed Science Society of the Philippines (WSSP), Philippine Association of Entomologists (PAE), Philippine Phytopathological Society (PPS), Pest Control Association of the Philippines (PCAP), Crop Protection Association of the Philippines (CPAP), and CropLife.

The 4-day event was attended by the PMCP member societies, local scientists, researchers, students, and private companies. There are different activities lined-up during the duration of the event including Farmer’s Forum and Pest Clinic, Scientific Sessions, a field trip to Albay, and a PMCP Fellowship Night with a Latino theme sponsored by Leads Agri. There were also exhibit booths to showcase different products and services aimed at eradicating pests.

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Opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the 47th Anniversary and Annual Scientific Conference

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Mr. Fernando Malveda, President of Leads Agri, hosting the Fellowship Night
During the Farmer’s Forum and Pest Clinic, the speakers from PMCP discussed the different pests that may damage the different plants of farmers and what to do with them. They also showed examples of different plants and the type of pest that may damage these plants. They also brought samples of different plants to examine under the microscope.

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The incoming President of PMCP, Mr. Fernando Malveda, along with the other incoming PMCP Officers took their oath for 2016-2017. Aside from the induction of the new officers, there were different awards presented during the Fellowship Night on the first day, and the Banquet Night on the last day. Some of the awards given include:

On the same night, Leads Agri was able to sign an agreement with PMCP to sponsor the 2016-2017 Best Undergraduate Thesis Awardees while the Crop Protection Association of the Philippines signed a MOA with PMCP to host the 2016-2017 Most Outstanding Farmer and Farmer’s Forum.

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Note: All pictures were grabbed from the PMCP website.

[1] IRRI News: Young scientists recognized for their outstanding achievements in weed science research

http://irri-news.blogspot.com/2016/03/young-scientists-recognized-for-their.html

[2]http://www.pmcpinc.org/index.php/day-4-march-11-2016

[3] IRRI News: Young scientists recognized for their outstanding achievements in weed science research

http://irri-news.blogspot.com/2016/03/young-scientists-recognized-for-their.html

Written by: Katrina Ner

 

 

The first of February has always been a highlight of the year for LEADS Agri. Not only is it the beginning of the countdown to the company’s anniversary, but it is also the birthday of our President and CEO, Mr. Fernando B. Malveda. This year marked the 12th President’s Cup held in South Forbes Golf Club in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

 

The President’s Cup gives Mr. Malveda an opportunity to enjoy two of his greatest passions, golf and charity. For the past 11 years, the President’s Cup invites friends and colleagues of Mr. Malveda for a whole-day event that starts with a Golf tournament in the morning, continues on with a sumptuous lunch feast and a short program, and concludes in the afternoon with the awarding of the tournament and raffle winners.

 

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In any event, the little things cannot be overlooked. The various employee volunteers showed a great sense of teamwork by making sure the whole event became a success. All volunteers had an early start and were all in the venue before sunrise to set-up and welcome all guests with big smiles.

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All tournament winners were given plaques and prizes. We are also proud to say that the Mr. Malveda secured a win for himself! Regardless, all attendees had something to bring home from the raffle game.

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The best and most important thing about the tournament is that all proceeds go to the different beneficiaries of LEADS Agri. The program during lunch acknowledged these beneficiaries, and it also provided a platform to give them the amount solicited from the attendees and sponsors.

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Having fun and being charitable is definitely the best combination!

Written by: Ginelle Rivera

 

The Mango Congress is an annual event that aims to discuss and provide solutions to the problems of the industry through the help of the government, specifically the LGU and DA, private companies, and through the cooperation among mango contractors themselves. This year’s theme for the congress was “Seizing climate change opportunities for the mango industry and breaking down market menace through empowered mango stakeholders associations backed by sustainable policies and strategies.”

Last March 15-16, 2016, the two day Congress was held in Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. For a regular attendee of the Congress, people comment that this is one for the books!

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Day 1 was graced by a surprise number of 800 delegates coming from the different islands and regions of the Philippines.  The Mango King, Mr. Ricardo Tolentino, President of Ilocos Norte Federation of Mango Producers Association, Inc., the local government of Ilocos, PMPI headed by Ms. Virgie Dela Fuente, and Regional DA all did a wonderful job coordinating this year’s event. LEADS Agri, as a major sponsor, would like to thank the entire organizing team for the opportunity to assist the 18th Mango Congress.

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During the opening speech delivered by Mikee Farñas in lieu of Ilocos Norte Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas, he recalled a time when “Mango was the most lucrative crop”. He also mentioned that during a visit of the British Ambassador, the ambassador said that Philippine mangoes are the best in the world. But now the industry faces battles:  one of the most significant is the price of mangoes dropping to as low as 8-10 pesos in the months when Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao harvest altogether, and the existing big processing plants could easily reject the mango produce and dictate a very low price. This results to a lot of mango spoilage and majority of the mango contractors end up with significant losses and negative profits. The event hoped to address this issue by having an agreement among the growers on their calendar spraying. Another topic discussed was the difficulty of purchasing Potassium Nitrate which Mr. Francis Pangilinan personally took note of.

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Gov. Imee Marcos hosted the dinner at their house at the Malacanang of the North. It was a breather after the packed Day 1 schedule at the Congress. She served sumptuous Ilocano food complete with Basi (sugarcane wine). It was a night of entertainment and fun –with fire dancers, pandango sa ilaw performers, award winning chorale, and an open dance floor with the Lady Governor herself. The congress and the local government continuously promoted the beauty of Ilocos all throughout the event.

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Day 2 started for LEADS with a special trip to Mr. Tolentino’s Mango Orchard. Mr. Ricardo Tolentino, who is fondly called “Mang Carding”, is a proud user of Domark Pro. He showed the protection Domark Pro can give. During the Congress, a message from Sen. Bongbong Marcos profusely spoke about Mr. Tolentino as “magsasaka na, business man pa, award winning pa, genuine Ilocano pa na isang inspirasyon at huwaran sa lahat”. And after the farm tour and seeing Mang Carding’s GAP certified farm, the guests could really say for themselves how the Mango King is truly both an inspiration and model.

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In the two days that LEADS Agri had a booth at the congress, there were a lot of farmer testimonials given about the efficacy of Domark Pro. They really say that it is what they have been using and the effect is tried and tested already. LEADS VP for Technical, Mr. Jaynor Dangan spent 30 minutes discussing Keys to Successful Mango Farming on stage, Day 2 of Congress.

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Written by: Mara Balayan