Using the ordinary to cultivate the Mysterious power of Beneficial Indigenous Microorganisms

Who wouldn’t he suspicious? Right from the get-go this workshop is promising cure-all concoctions that bring new life to everything they touch. The potions work in ways that are difficult to explain and impossible to actually see. The man conducting the affair is fast-talking and charismatic—he even lives in a far-off land. The whole thing smells like snake oil.

Here’s the catch: Gil Carandang, this crafty man from the Philippines, is not trying to sell us anything. In fact, he wants us to buy as little as possible—thats the point of this seminar. The lesson that’s officially on the agenda is the same as the event’s formal title:

“Cultivating Beneficial Indigenous Microorganisms.” But what’s really being taught here, the true objective, is the empowerment of farmers. Continue reading “Using the ordinary to cultivate the Mysterious power of Beneficial Indigenous Microorganisms”

Ugat ng Talahib- Abono sa Mais

Ugat ng Talahib- Abono sa Mais


Isang uri ng bacteria(maliliit na maliliiit na buhay na organismo) ang nakita ng mga siyentipiko( ng National Institute of Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology ng UP Los Banos) sa ugat ng Talahib na maari palang pagkunan ng ng natural na pataba para sa mais.

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Azolla fertilizer

Plant Azolla for Fertilizer


Dried azolla provides a rich source of nitrogen. Plant this in between rows of rice plants.


1. The rice seedlings must be about 13.2 cm and 6.6 cm apart.

2. Broadcast azolla between rows, about 53-66 cm apart.

3. If the rice seedlings are short, reduce this distance- make it 50 cm apart to provide shade for the growing azola.

4. Azola will grow and flourish in this way without disturbing the growth of the rice seedlings.

5. Azola should first be dried before using a fertilizer.


In the People’s Republic of China, the nitrogen fertilizer they use is dried azola. They can harvest 198 cavans of palay for every hectare, only with the use of this fertilizer.


From: The Philippine Farmer’s Journal

March 1980

Application of Lime

Application of Lime


Lime is mixed with the soil to enrich it with calcium and to lessen the soil’s acidity. The soil’s degree of acidity is determined through a soil chemical analysis.


Lime for farming is ground limestone, spread over the field before plowing.


The application of lime must be one month before the application of other fertilizers. This is because it is not good to mix lime with ammonia – it will cause nitrogen to disappear into air. If lime is mixed with phosphate, this will not dissolve and so will not be of any advantage to the


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