BATANGAS VEGGIE FARMERS GO FOR READY-TO-PLANT SEEDLINGS
A GROUP of highly experienced progressive farmers in Lipa City and Sto. Tomas town in Batangas Province are beginning to prefer buying and transplanting farm-ready seedlings instead of growing the seedlings themselves. They have come to realize that this way, they save on time and costs in obtaining seedlings to plant in their farms.
Instead of spending for seedling trays, growing media, labor, and constructing seedling nurseries, they can focus on preparing their transplanting plots and basally fertilizing these with organic fertilizer like processed chicken manure and carbonized rice hull. Then, they can just wait for the ready-to-plant seedling supplier to deliver the young plants. One member of the group even found time to have drip irrigation lines installed on his plots.
The shortcut that the farmers employ has its advantages. Preparing the proper growing media for starting seeds alone is costly, time-consuming, and fraught with risk, unless growers sterilize their medium. Seedling preparation is critical, especially with high-value crops, as the hybrid seeds for these are not cheap. If the quality of the growing medium used is not assured, or not free of harmful pathogens, the seedlings produced will not have a good start in the field, will be more prone to pest and disease infestations, and the crop will surely yield poorly.
On the other hand, with a reliable supplier of quality ready-toplant seedlings, they can have a fast, cost-saving, and problemfree start in growing their vegetable crops. The Batangas farmers have found their seedling supplier, Golden Farm Agri-Business Inc. of Barangay Sumapang Matanda in Malolos City, Bulacan. They have produced and delivered high-quality seedlings since it started operations in early 2014.
Peter Talacay shows maturing fruits in his tomato field at Lipa City’s Brgy. Tambo.