RETIREMENT VILLAGE INCORPORATES ORGANIC EDIBLE GARDEN
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).