farmeric November 6th, 2009
This is a story as told by Dr. Vivencio Mamaril, a member of the Bureau of Plant Industry Biotech Core Team.
Among the vegetables we eat, malunggay has already earned various tags- healthiest vegetable, a miracle tree, lowly but high in nutrition, and many others. It’s now even tagged as the most healthiest food and miracle food as well.
There must be something and someone in malunggay that made it as the most popular vegetable in the country today.
Here comes the story, as it happened and is happening before Dr. Vivencio Mamaril very own eyes.
The basic, malunggay has seven times in amount of vitamin C as compared with orange fruit, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrot and three times the potassium in banana.
According to Dr. Mamaril, it has been so long time that we were not aware of the vitamins and other nutrients malunggay can provide not until the Department of Agriculture (DA) made some noise about malunggay.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through its Biotechnology Program Implementation Unit, were surprised to learned that there is a business enterprise that is much interested to buy malunggay foliage and seeds. The demand for foliage and seeds is so huge that no single grower or an aggregate of growers can fill the demand.
The truth is, there are no malunggay growers who can produce seeds and foliage in great quantity, and there is no existing technology for it as well. Due to this challenge, Continue Reading »