The Atisco Harvest Festival held on November 30 to December 2, 2017, was a most educational event. High-value crop varieties were showcased and experts conducted lectures and demonstrations of new technology like solar power for irrigation and new farm ma
VISITORS to the three-day Atisco Harvest Festival at the Atisco Farm in Tanauan City were amply rewarded with the doable ideas they were able to witness at the farm.
One idea is the intercropping of ginger between coconut trees intended for harvesting for palm heart (ubod) when they are three years old. The showcase dramatically demonstrates how production in a unit area in a farm can be maximized. The ginger plants are very robust and are expected to produce a high yield.
At present, ginger is a hot commodity that fetches a high price in the market. During certain times of the year, the going price can be as high as R150 per kilo or more. Aside from ordinary ginger, there are a few plantings of langkawas, which is prized for its medicinal attributes.
One showcase that also attracted a lot of visitors was the showcase of grafted ampalaya by EastWest Seed. The plants that are grafted on patola rootstocks have developed big vines that enable the plants to live longer than the non-grafted varieties so that they can produce higher yields. Instead of producing only 18 harvests in the case of the non-grafted ampalaya during its lifetime, the grafted varieties can produce six to 10 more harvests.
Aside from grafted ampalaya, East-West showcased its best-selling varieties like Diamante Max tomato, Django finger pepper (pangsigang), Fortuner eggplant, Mestiza ampalaya, and new watermelon varieties like Orange Delight, Yellow Delight, and Red Delight. BLACK SESAME – Dante Delima, Atisco operations manager, said they also showcased
black sesame in their farm to convince people that there is a market for, and money to be made from, growing black sesame. Because there is no commercial supply of this crop locally, most of the local requirements are imported from other countries like Vietnam. ADLAI FROM MINDANAO – Another new crop that was showcased at the Atisco farm was the adlai variety that is grown by indigenous people in the mountains in Mindanao. This is a variety that yields grains for human consumption as a rice substitute. The variety is ideal for growing in the unirrigated highlands because it is
Undersecretary Arnel De Mesa with fruitful cucumber.
Eugene Gabriel with ginger and gabi intercropped with young coconut.
Delima (right) showing adlai to Usec De Mesa.
Mary Ann Roque, festival attendee, poses with Diamante Max tomato.
The upo variety of Bayer.
Dante Delima with black sesame.
Orange Delight watermelon from East-West.