Author Archives: Julian

About Julian

Julian Wright is a British agricultural scientist married to a Philippine teacher, who has a house and some land planted to coconuts and other crops near Dumaguete in the Philippines.

Wasted potential in the Philippines

I hope Philippine government officials read the following email content from a leading agricultural scientist in Vietnam… I was surprised when between Vietnam and the Philippine, in general, external conditions are almost similar to each other, but in the beekeeping development … Continue reading

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Small Coconut Farmers meeting

Zamboanguita, Philippines. 17th October 2014 Invited in morning to join the local coconut farmer’s review meeting by my father-in-law, and told I could also meet there the regional Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) advisor (PCDM). My father-in-law was wearing his green ZASCOFAMCO short sleeve shirt and … Continue reading

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Traditional Japanese beekeeping

Apis cerana beekeeping in Japan These Japanese bees are a different variety (Apis cerana japonica) to those found in more tropical countries such as the Philippines (Apis cerana indica). There are some differences in size and behaviour but in some … Continue reading

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What is the purpose of the male sex?

This is a biological question and not a ‘sexist’ question. It is biologically quite possible to clone animals, and even in nature some animals can reproduce without needing the male sex. Plants can be reproduced vegetatively, or by using runners etc. … Continue reading

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Leaflet information for honey gatherers

To improve crop yields and help honey gatherers harvest more honey, rural communities need to be offered suitable advice.  This leaflet is intended to be printed double-sided  in black and white on A4. A version is also provided in the native … Continue reading

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Apis cerana (Ligwan) beekeeping in Vietnam & the Philippines

Compare beekeeping in Vietnam to that in the Philippines Click on this link to see Apis cerana beekeeping in Vietnam. Vietnam statistics & honeybee colonies… Vietnam population: 90 million,  Area: 331,200 square kms, Ethnic groups 54, Average latitude: 14 N, Climate: tropical, Native … Continue reading

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The Philippine economy

Extract taken from The Economist magazine August 23rd 2014 … After years of puttering along as the tiger economies in the region roared, the Philippines is finally showing some growl of its own. Between 2008 and 2012, GDP grew by … Continue reading

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Honey fraud continues

Does it matter if the Philippine people are being lied to and are being sold unknown mixtures of potentially unhealthy sugary stuff ? Click this link for an overview of . The majority of ‘honey’ on sale to the Philippine … Continue reading

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Why are so many Filipinos afraid of bees?

In the Philippines the mention of the word ‘bee’ often causes instant fear, whereas most other cultures think of bees as ‘friendly’ useful insects.   Why?  Here are some quoted reasons…. A ‘bee’ stung them very painfully, or stung their friend.  It is almost … Continue reading

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Tagalog & English awareness leaflets

This  Native language awareness leaflet pdf is in Tagalog and is designed for printing on both sides of A4.  It is intended to help raise awareness in rural communities about pollination and the role of bees in the agricultural environment. All the educational material … Continue reading

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Job opportunity

Job opportunity in Dumaguete area (Click link for poster advert) Would you like to earn some money and learn a wonderful profession? Do you have the following ability & interests… ? Enjoy learning new things Are reliable and trustworthy Would you … Continue reading

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Neonicotinoid use would be a mistake for Cocolisap

Many people are becoming aware that there is a scheme to inject coconut trees with neonicotinoid chemicals, in an attempt to control the outbreak of the ‘cocolisap’ pest. ‘Neonics’ are a relatively new group of pesticide chemicals that work by attacking the … Continue reading

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Action needed to help farmers and honey hunters !

The following 5 actions will help not only these two groups, but can have cascading positive effects for rural communities … 1)  Agricultural and public awareness of [p2p type=”slug” value=”crop-yields-and-pollination”]pollination[/p2p] is essential – education needs to communicate at the very simplest the … Continue reading

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Teachers – helping students with their future

Students can enjoy learning about honeybees – and this will help their future prospects! The ‘bad news’ is there is a problem, but the ‘good news’ is that there is a solution. The problem – Declining agricultural productivity and low incomes … Continue reading

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Crop yield forecasts for 2014 and beyond

Crop forecasting methods often rely on extrapolating past figures into the future. It would also be useful to try and identify the many possible factors that combine to affect the yield per hectare and the total production figures. For this assessment … Continue reading

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