RE­TIRE­MENT VIL­LAGE IN­COR­PO­RATES OR­GANIC ED­I­BLE GAR­DEN

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THE FIRST PHASE of a 32-hectare re­tire­ment vil­lage was launched re­cently in Brgy. Pon­dol, Balam­ban, Cebu. This is the Amon­sagana, which in­cor­po­rates an or­ganic ed­i­ble gar­den, so that the re­tirees can pro­duce their own healthy veg­eta­bles and fruits. per 16 liters (L) of wa­ter, the mix­ture of which was sprayed in fur­rows lin­ing the small plot and the soil along the fur­row. Af­ter spray­ing, how­ever, there was no rain for more than a week. But his wor­ries were eased when he no­ticed that his plants were not show­ing signs of stress com­pared to those in ad­ja­cent corn farms. And fi­nally, when the rain came, Yao no­ticed that his plants were grow­ing faster than those of his neigh­bors.

He then ap­plied 37 bags of in­or­ganic fer­til­izer (at 4.9 sacks per hectare) then con­ducted an off-bar­ring op­er­a­tion to re­move weeds from the plants. Yao’s corn plants then grew even faster. Af­ter 35 days, he sprayed another round of Amino Plus at the rate of 80 mL per 16 L wa­ter. He thus used a to­tal of 15 L of Amino Plus Foliar fer­til­izer for his 7.5 hectares of corn.

Yao used Pi­o­neer Hy­brid 3645YR corn seeds, as it is the most com­monly used hy­brid in the area. Cur­rently, farm­ers who nor­mally use 12 to 14 sacks of in­or­ganic fer­til­izer com­plain that this hy­brid has a poor tip-fill­ing prob­lem. This is a con­di­tion in corn wherein the big­ger por­tion of the tip of its ear is poorly filled or worse, has no grains in it.

Then harvest time came. Con­trary to our ap­pre­hen­sions and The vil­lage is a joint ven­ture pro­ject of Syn­tech Prop­er­ties of Sin­ga­pore and the Gon­za­lez fam­ily, which owns the land. Each lot ranges from 420 to more than 600 square me­ters so that there is am­ple space for or­ganic gar­den­ing.

Aside from veg­eta­bles and fruit trees, the res­i­dents will also grow both culi­nary and medic­i­nal herbs for their own good health.

The re­tire­ment farm is lo­cated atop a moun­tain that of­fers a panoramic view of the forests be­low as well as the sea.

Be­fore the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the re­tire­ment vil­lage, the staff, in­clud­ing ex­ec­u­tives and rank-and-file em­ploy­ees, at­tended the or­ganic farm­ing seminar con­ducted at the Costales Na­ture Farms in Ma­jay­jay, La­guna. The group was led by Joe Vil­lamor, the chief agri­cul­tur­ist of the pro­ject.

the ex­pec­ta­tions of the farm­ers who had ex­pe­ri­enced var­i­ous prob­lems ear­lier, Yao’s corn pro­duce had big­ger ears and the whole cobs were filled with grains, even the top­most part. Also, at 115 days af­ter plant­ing, the leaves of the corn plants were still green at a time when most corn leaves would have al­ready turned yel­low and dried up. This meant that there was still pho­to­syn­thetic ac­tiv­ity in the plant, thus re­sult­ing in the de­vel­op­ment of more qual­ity grains.

Sun ex­plained that when Yao used Amino Plus Foliar Fer­til­izer at the 2 to 3 leaf stage of the corn plant—spray­ing the en­tire plant, in­clud­ing the sur­round­ing soil—the soil nu­tri­ents which were once un­avail­able (be­cause these were locked away due to acid­ity and com­pli­ca­tions with other el­e­ments in the soil) were made avail­able to the plant through the en­zymes and the mi­cronu­tri­ents present in Amino Plus. In ad­di­tion, the pres­ence of micro­organ­isms such as the ni­tro­gen fix­ing bac­te­ria helped in the ac­ti­va­tion of the nu­tri­ents.

Yao is but one farmer who has en­joyed pos­i­tive re­sults us­ing Amino Plus Foliar Fer­til­izer. Fa­vor­able re­ports from our other demon­stra­tion sites are also trick­ling in. With this, we staunchly be­lieve that Amino Plus Foliar Fer­til­izer can en­able our farm­ers to achieve more (pro­duce) from less (in­puts).

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