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Leads Agri gives its TLC.

Last December 2017, Leads Agri started its Technical Learning Center (TLC) in Ubay, Bohol. The TLC is a demo that aims to provide the following:

  1. Provide and equip farmers, BLO’s and channel partners with proper knowledge regarding major weeds, insects pests and diseases of rice and also share local practices to manage the different pests.
  2. To showcase Leads Agri’s outstanding product performance to farmers, BLO’s and channel partners.
  3. To create alignment with channel partners
  4. To build a strong and trusting relationship with farmers and BLO’s by determining and catering to the other needs of the farmers.

Last March 20-24, 2018, 364 farmers from Bohol, Iloilo, Negros and Leyte attended the Harvest Festival at Leads TLC in Ubay, Bohol wherein Leads Agri showcased to the farmers its PAC 835 hybrid rice, ismart RC216 and RC300 inbred seeds. Leads Agri also showcased its other products like Niclos M (molluscicide), Advice (herbicides), 2-4D Amine (herbicides), Galileo (fungicide), Cartap (insceticide), Starkle (insceticide) and LeadForce Ultra (insceticide).

During the successful harvest festival, Leads Agri’s Team presented its product portfolio and taught all the attendees different techniques on the proper management of pests and diseases.

Leads Agri will soon be opening other TLC demo sites in Luzon and Mindanao.

 

 

 

LEADS Agricultural Products celebrated its 20th Year Anniversary last Feb 10, 2017, a day early, at the Conrad Hotel Manila.

It was graced by farmers, employees of LEADS Agri, LEADS EH, and LEADS AH, partner suppliers, distributors from all over the PH islands, financing partners, representatives from government regulatory bodies, LEADS Angat Pinoy scholars, and friends. The support was overwhelming! There was even a distributor from Isabela whose flight to Manila got cancelled but opted to travel via land at the last minute so as not to miss the event.

 

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The celebration was honoured by an inspirational speech from the current FPA Executive Director, Mr. Wilfredo Roldan. He ended with everyone up on their toes and proudly chanting the tagline of LEADS, “Masaganang Ani, Masaganang Buhay!”

The event was loaded with awards for everyone who has been contributing to make the company the strong rock that it is. The most exciting were the Lotus and Golden Lotus Awards as these are most-awaited and most-coveted awards for the employees. Every year, the President selects a handful of people who have contributed above and beyond expectation for the betterment of the company. This year’s recognition was a tad more special as it was presented in front of 500 folks! Surprise videos from close family members were shown and brought tears to the awardees. Angat Saka 2016 Regional Winners were also awarded; farmers with the highest yield increase were recognized on stage. Of course, our event will not be complete without our grateful appreciation of the farmers.

 

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They say that 20 years is a span of a generation. The President, in his key note speech, chronicled how LEADS came about, and recalled all of the milestones that he deemed impossible before. It started with a dream, and though all is real now, the moment felt magical like a dream.  The treasure box that contains all of the well wishes from the guests was handed over from the President to the EVP. It was a ceremonial act where it all comes full circle.

The EVP quoted Spiderman and Batman in his speech and later referred to the employees as the real superheroes. Being the visionary man that he is, a lot is in store for the company under his leadership. The farmer is never just a farmer in his point of view. He always strives to give the farmers more because he knows how much more they deserve to get. The sweetest was when he ended his speech mentioning his mother and his wife who are both wind beneath his and his father’s wings, for without whom, all of their successes are unattainable.

 

 

More photos from the event:

 

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A toast to the future!

 

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Everyone looked fashionable in their modern Filipiniana outfits.

 

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Farmer Pandoy and Pandoy in Barong roaming Forbes Ballroom and charming the guests.

 

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Pangkat Kawayan enlivened the guests with their musical talent.

 

Photos grabbed from our coordinator Francy’s Event Management’s Facebook Page

Written by: Mara Balayan

Kalinga is the Filipino word for care. LEADS is a family run corporation with a big heart. The owners never thought that they would be blessed with so much since their humble beginnings, so now they never forget to give back. The company would like to extend its care not only to its employees and direct partners, but also to the community at large.

Twenty different kinds of giving back activities will be done as part of the 20th Year celebration of LEADS.  True to its vision to help farmers and local communities to have better lives, initiatives supporting education, giving farming machineries, releasing of relief goods, encouraging the use of technologies, etc. will be done in a two year-stretch. Surprise farmer visit activities will also be done to make the farmers & local communities feel loved, important, and cared for. Fund raising activities, sponsorships, and LEADS CSR funds will be used to finance the programs.

We are looking for partners and sponsors who would like to donate to widen our network of communities touched. Please feel free to write us at marketing@leadsagri.com.

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Written by: Mara Balayan

As LEADS turns 20 years old, it is strengthening its core operations while continually expanding its services. The management believes in the importance of having standards that would propel the company to demonstrate its consistency in providing quality products, services and systems, safety and efficiency. As a first step, LEADS worked to get the ISO 9001:2015, Quality Management System Registration.

ISO or the International Organization for Standardization is a network of national standard bodies and has 161 member countries. They started in 1946 and have published 21000 standards since then. They help business reduce cost by minimizing waste and increasing productivity. The world-class standards also help level the playing field for developing countries.

 

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As of February 7, 2017, LEADS Agricultural Products Corp is now ISO 9001:2015 Registered. The certifying body is NQA Philippines, accredited by UKAS. LEADS was able to secure the registration under the new standard with zero nonconformities and good findings within its core processes.

From Top Management to all employees, LEADS Agri is committed to abide by its Quality Policy and meet the Quality Objectives they’ve set for themselves. LEADS is ready to continuously enhance customer satisfaction through efficient systems that meet applicable requirements.

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Written by: Mara Balayan

 

 

Gawad Kalinga (GK) is a Philippine-based movement whose vision is to build a nation empowered by people with faith and patriotism. It aims to end poverty and put together caring and sharing communities. Couples for Christ is the mind behind the GK concept of building homes.

 

 

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Gawad Kalinga in Los Banos started in February 2007. GK Los Banos Ville, as it is fondly called, is a 1.9 hectare land in Tuntungin-Putho housing 238 families. Most of the indigent families that are now here used to reside along the treacherous PNR railroad tracks and the eastern creeks of Mount Makiling.

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Ruben Villareal, the so-called “Grandfather of GK LB Ville” is a good friend and fraternity brother of the President of LEADS Agri. Their brotherhood proved to be of great synergy. LEADS Agri became a big contributor to the development of the community mainly through the building of the LEADS Center and the yearly GK LEADS Agri Scholarship grants.

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The LEADS Center, built by LEADS employees themselves, is situated at the highest point of the community. It is a nice quiet place close to nature. It has a viewing deck where the sunrise can be seen. The place has been used to host Couples for Christ meetings, to receive students on retreat, and to accommodate guests. The Center has 4 bedrooms and can accommodate around 10 people. It was primarily built as a livelihood center to host workshops for the ladies of the community. Sewing machines are provided and encouraged to be used.

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Every year, 10 slots of LEADS AgriPinoy Scholars are allocated for the GKLB Ville. Word got out and when chance presents itself, aspiring scholars eagerly compete to get freed up slots. An interview with the current scholars revealed how becoming a LEADS scholar has changed them unexpectedly. The kids talked about how important education was for them; their dreams and future hopes. Most of them narrated how their personalities were improved. Their confidence levels were boosted as they are also being trained to become leaders.

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The GK scholars involve themselves in initiatives in the community. They tutor kids, they are active in church service, and they are committed to pay it forward.

The GK community is a very heart warming place to be in. We encourage you to visit too! Several projects are still on-going and a helping hand is very much welcome.

Written by: Mara Balayan

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The LEADS Agri Angat Pinoy Scholars started in 2007. Since then it has been one of the major ways where LEADS Agri gives back to the community. Education is a basic need and each Filipino has the right to it. LEADS value the importance of education and we especially help students in the Agriculture field.

One of our scholars, Oliver Pe, a BS Agriculture graduate at Benguet State University wrote to the management:

To whom it may concern, 

This is to formally express my gratitude to your generous company.

 I was a recipient of your scholarship program ( LEADS Agri Angat Pinoy Scholarship Grant) from the first semester of the school year 2013 to 2014 until the second semester of the S.Y. 2014-2015, Benguet State University. 

I have just finished my academic responsibilities and  got cleared from the university last February 2016. I apologize for being unable to send my sincere thanks earlier. May you continue helping and inspiring students through your Scholarship Program.

Thank you very much and Gob bless your company and its future plans!

These simple thanks as well as the inspiration the program has been giving to students are enough to fuel the Angat Pinoy Scholarship Grant. This year, LEADS congratulates all the college graduates from the program. A lot of honor students graduated this year; we are very proud of you!

Here are some photos of our graduates with our Area Sales Representatives:

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Again, Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

Cebu Technological University

  1. Joebert A. Alforque
  2. Marlon T. Hisola – Magna Cum Laude
  3. Rhea Mae S. Ngalot

Gawad Kalinga Los Banos Ville Homeowners Association

  1. Kimberly C. Dimapilis
  2. Kia Amor D.  Navor
  3. Danna Mae F. Reforma

University of Perpetual Help System

  1. Fernand Jay Brioso

Central Bicol State University of Agriculture

  1. Catherine Mae B. Almazar
  2. Sheena Marie V. Baldovia
  3. Carlos I. Bobis
  4. Erwin M. Calibara

Visayas State University

  1. Mica G. Binongo – Cum Laude
  2. Carin M. Borja- Cum Laude
  3. Cris G. Castanas- Cum Laude
  4. Kenneth Oraiz- Cum Laude

Tarlac College of Agriculture

  1. Denvert Batobato
  2. Emily Valdez

This coming school year, we still have a number of college scholars. LEADS Agri currently supports the following schools: Benguet State University, Gawad Kalinga Los Banos Ville Homeowners Asoc., Isabela State University, Perpetual Help, Tarlac College of Agriculture,  Visayas State University, Suralla National Agricultural School, CBSUA, Laguna State Polytechnic Univ., and Cebu Technological University.

For inquiries on how to be a scholar, send an email to hr@leadsagri.com.

Written by: Mara Balayan

 

 

 

Product Stewardship is the responsible and ethical management of a product throughout its life cycle, from its invention, through to its ultimate use and beyond. 

The two main objectives of product stewardship is (1) to minimize the potential risks to human health and the environment and (2) to maximize the benefits derived from product use.

 

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It is critical that we in the agrochemical industry practice Product Stewardship as well as educate users about its importance. Last March 19, 2016, we participated in AGAP’s First Stewardship Project held at Digos, Davao del Sur. A contest, Premyo sa Basyo Mo, was held together with other participating Crop Protection companies. The contest promoted the Triple Rinse practice for cleaning the used bottles and containers of pesticides as well as proper disposal as the containers were brought to the site. LEADS Agri, as a major sponsor of the event gave out additional prizes and give-aways in exchange of the empty containers.

The Mindanao team, our Technial VP, and our President were present to show full support of the program because we at LEADS Agri are serious about taking responsibility in Product Stewardship. We want sustainability and we care for the environment.

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The winners of the goats were users of LEADS Agri Products. Congratulations again!

Written by: Mara Balayan

Come and watch with us on May 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm in SM Megamall, Cinema 7! Fun and suprises await! Contact LEADS Agri Marketing for tickets (Php 500 only): (02)678-9091, email: marketing@leadsagri.com

Hope to see you there!

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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

 

Much like how the year usually begins with reminiscing the best of the past year, so much is true as well for the LEADS family. The 18th Annual Sales Conference was held at the Aklan State University from January 14-17, 2016. It is held every year to highlight the past year’s achievements and the new possibilities for 2016.

 

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One of the highlights of this four-day event is the awarding of exemplary employees. Loyalty, Perseverance, and Innovation were the common characteristics in all of this year’s awardees. They also served as great models for the rest of the team to strive better this 2016. This ceremony highlighted how 2015 was an inspiring year as LEADS did better than 2014, regardless of all the circumstances. The awards night gave a deeper sense of purpose for everyone to be better this 2016!

 

In festive moods

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The third day marked the time for relaxation and festivities. The team held big smiles as everyone enjoyed walking under the sun while surrounded by the colorful Ati tribes. The adopted tribe of the company, donned in vibrant green and gold, paraded along the streets of the plaza. With the adorable and energetic Pandoy spearheading LEADS’ section of the parade, kids and foreigners alike took a shot at having their photo taken with everyone’s favorite farmer mascot.

 

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The four-hour walk proved to be a strong statement for LEADS. The employees walking together caught the eyes of spectators as the whole team was dressed in Serenity (blue), the pantone color for 2016. Hopefully, it wasn’t only the shirts or the costumes of tribe that caught everyone’s attention but also the underlying vision that these symbolize: a stand to help Filipino Farmers everywhere.

 

In reverence to the Sto. Nino

As part of the annual devotion of the Malveda Family and their extended LEADS family, everyone rose up early for the last day despite the exhaustion from dancing and revelling with strangers and friends alike during the previous afternoon.

 

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The plaza in front of the Church was jam-packed with Mass goers. Even the sun was up and shining as early as 7:00 am! The Leads family celebrated the Mass together as a big Thank You for a successful Sales Conference and everyone’s effort in achieving the previous year’s goals. With bigger hearts filled with hope, the team returned to their homes that afternoon, ready to work again towards reaching the future they envision.

 

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Written by: Kharl Manlutac and Ginelle Rivera

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.

 

Now Hiring: OJT for Human Resource and Administrative Department. Send your CV at: hr@leadsagri.com.Now Hiring OJT

 

 

 

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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Famous personalities in the Mango Industry, Media, and Agriculture dropped by the booth.
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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 marketing@leadsagri.com.

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LEADS Agri attended as an exhibitor at the 14th National Vegetable Congress and Agro-Industrial Trade Expo. This year’s expo was held at Cagayan De Oro and was hosted by the Normin Veggies Marketing Coop. The event was attended by representatives from all regions of the Philippines, each led by their local DA branches. There were 800 delegates in total.

Among the exciting things that were discussed include the Resolutions request for DA 2015-0007 which would encourage Private-Public Partnership, Establish Vegetable Seed Production Center, Regional offices to partner with State Universities, and increase support for Agri-biotech, among others.

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Vegetable Situationer and the Industry Roadmap for “Safe and Quality Vegetable for a Healthy Nation” were also discussed. The major programs include focus on high value crops, how to be cost competitive toward import substitution, and how to add value to products and product development.

One of the on-going projects that has a significant impact is the organization of Agri Pinoy Trading Center. There are now 8 operational Agri-Pinoy Trading centers all over the Philippines and there are more proposals being reviewed.

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LEADS Agri was among those who set-up a booth at the Lim Ket Kai Mall. It was a good avenue where an exchange of opinions and farmer practices took place between the guests and our LEADS Team. The booth was especially graced by our very energetic dancing Pandoy and everyone flocked for a photo and some dance moves.

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Techno Demo  were also conducted and while the seeds businesses were the main cast of the play, our chemical products were also showcased.

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The long wait is over, KNO3 from LEADS Agri and SQM is now available for your mangoes: ULTRASOL K!

About the Product:

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LEADS and SQM launched Ultrasol K in Ilocos, one of the largest areas in terms of the population with 16,000 Mango trees. Mr. Ricardo Tolentino, the Mango King, long been a LEADS partner, Domark Pro user, attentively asked listened and enthusiastically asked questions.

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The main speaker, from SQM, flew all the way from Belgium, Dr. Steeve Oosthuyse has been involved in the Mango Industry for 25 years. He first worked with Merensky Holdings as Head of the Mango Research Department in 1990. He is currently the Market Development Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa for SQM. Dr. Oosthuyse has authored several books about Mango Production.

_MG_0453 _MG_0465 Dr. Steeve Ooosthuys’s technical presentation for Ultrasol K presented his years of studying Mangoes in different countries. He has done various experiments of using different kinds of nitrates and found potassium nitrate as the most effective in causing the mango trees to bear similar fruit sizes and in reducing fruit drop. Come to the Mango Congress in Cebu in October and hear Dr. Steve again talk about the benefits of using Ultrasol K.

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A complete photo of the speakers and attendees.

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After the launch the folks from SQM went to do a quick tour at one of Mang Carding’s Mango farms.

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Mango contractors gathered for Alay ni Pandoy sa mga Magmamanga, a Mango Symposium held consecutively at Zambales and Pangasinan. The LEADS Sales, Marketing and Technical team went to the towns of Candelaria and  Malasiqui to facilitate the event.

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The technical Team did a lively discussion of the mango practices. Mr. Jaynor Dangan, stressed on the four important keys to manage a mango farm. These are: Fertilization, Foliar inducing, Disease Management, and Insect Pest Management.

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LEADS Product bundle for Mango include Domark Pro, a two in one fungicide that’s your best bet for anthracnose, Ultrasol K, Blackhawk, Chaku, Cartap, Manager, Armor, Mega Booster, and Mega F21 are also among the Mango Management Solution that LEADS offer.

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Hit us up should you have any questions! You may use the Contact Us link of our website or send us a message on Facebook.

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The happy attendees with their winning loot! Congratulations! More photos are uploaded on our Facebook account. Facebook.com/leadsagri

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The second event for School is Cool and so is Agriculture was held in Am-Am Elementary School located at Balili, Mankayan, Benguet. Like the first event, the focus was on giving awareness about the importance of Agriculture to the young students. IMG_1496

The program was made successful both by LEADS, and by the assistance of the teachers and the parents present. All the students, from Kinder to Grade 6, participated enthusiastically throughout the discussions and games.

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A creative dance number was performed by the Grade 6 Students in their cowboy outfits to the tune of By the Rivers of Babylon. It was a very entertaining dance number!

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Of course, the main man, Pandoy graced the event and charmed everyone with his dance moves!

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As promised, LEADS Agri gave school materials including pencils, notebooks, papers, crayons, and erasers to all the students. LEADS Agri also gave every kid a pair of new slippers.

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The event was officially closed by the Regional Manager, Sir Bryan Idnani and one of the faculty staff, Ma’am Magdalena. Both parties thanked each other. The Faculty Staff very sweetly sang a song of gratitude afterwards.

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The group brings back to the office all the smiles they saw in the faces of all the participants—both serving as inspiration to each other.

 

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The company values education and believes in the empowerment it gives. Since 2007, LEADS has been awarding the LEADS Agri Pinoy Scholarship Grant to selected students in support of their education. This August 2015, LEADS Agri has chosen two schools, AM-AM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and BIGTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL as beneficiaries of the project: School is Cool and so is Agriculture! LEADS Agri partnered with National Book Store and Maped to provide basic school supplies to elementary students. Employees also shelled out from their own pockets to purchase slippers, candies, and snacks to share to the kids. The company’s affiliate, LEADS Environmental Health performed fogging at the school area as part of the activity under their Iwas Dengue Campaign.

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Bigte Elementary School, located a few blocks away from the LEADS warehouse in Bulacan was picked as the company aims to continue what it has started years back. On August 8, 2015, LEADS visited the school and led a program for the students from Kindergarten to Grade 2, and their parents.

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Various representatives from the different departments of LEADS Agri including Logistics, Finance, HR, Sales and Marketing were present. The VP for Marketing and the Regional Sales Manager also joined the event. Fun and challenging games were played by the kids. The well-loved and ever famous Pandoy stole the show as soon as he was set out on the dance floor. The kids surely enjoyed the event. At the end of the activity, the School Faculty Staff, Parents and Students, thanked LEADS for a wonderful activity. In return, the hearts of all LEADS Agri and LEADS EH folks were all swelled up and all full of happiness as well.

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For the past two to three years, it has been cold for the dealers in the areas of Bulacan, Pampanga and Bataan. But now, The Heat is ON! May 23, 2015 was the big day! LEADS went with a bang at Ichiban San Fernando Pampanga at 7:00 o’clock in the evening. The event, “The Heat is On, Central Luzon” was participated by our very own Distributor Mr. Lito Jimenez of Agrimax Trading. The President of LEADS Agri, VP For Finance,  VP  Sales for Luzon,  VP for  Marketing, Regional Manager and the whole Sales Team in the Area were all there to show support.

The night was full of energy, enjoyment, and excitement!  The ambience was good and the acoustic live band that performed that night made it an even better dining experience for our partners. GMA7 was there to witness and cover The Heat is On, Central Luzon. The event was hosted by our Area Manager, Mr. Dustin Lopez. The crowd had so much fun yelling for the prizes and watching the dancing performance of Pandoy, our farmer mascot.

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Enjoy the short video clip!

The First Off Road Challenge in Polomolok was sponsored by Leads Agri. Mango contractors don’t do spraying 24/7; turns out they also have big toys they like to play with. Off road – is racing that doesn’t occur on the race track. Actually the track they used is full of huge stones—an old river, it was perfect. Of course the rocks gave the needed challenge, and the water splashes added to the complexity of the track.

They apparently break these 4x4s, fix them, and ride them to break again. It was an awesome experience watching them play, at times, heart stopping. A huge crowd gathered to watch a first in Polomolok. There were two tracks – one for beginners and one for experts. The track for experts sure did a lot of damage to some of the 4x4s, some teams had to stay until sundown to fix their toys.

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Among the Mango contractors that graced the event include Mr. Roldan Labra, and Mr. Ahmed Labra and Mr. Roel Labra of Nick’s Agri. Watch the event below!

Written by: Mara Balayan