Guava & goats make a good combination
Here’s one good farming strategy of raising goats and guavas at the same time. It was practiced several years back by Romulo Cruz of Compostela, Cebu before he migrated to another country.
Romy’s farm was a rocky hill where he planted 3,000 guapple trees and raised some 50 goats in confinement. The goats were fed with concentrates and grass gathered from the farm.
He made money selling his goats, but what was even more important to him was that the goats provided the manure that made his guava trees productive throughout the year. The fruits were of very high quality so that he was able to sell them at P22 per kilo compared to the R10-R12 per kilo that his neighbors who also produced guavas got for their harvest.
He had a unique way of utilizing his goat manure as fertilizer. In the three hectares planted to guavas, he constructed four concrete reservoirs where he stored water for the daily watering of his trees.
Each reservoir measured 4 meters long, 3 meters wide and one meter high. He filled each tank with water and then submerged four sacks of newly gathered goat manure in each tank. The goat manure was ideal because it comes in pellet-like form and does not have a bad smell.
The manure transformed the water into a dark tea that is rich in nutrients. This was what he used to water the trees every day. It made the trees very robust, hardy against diseases, very fruitful and the fruits were sweet, crisp and with shiny skin. And that was the reason why he could sell his guavas at R22 per kilo in Cebu.
Every two to three weeks, he took out the manure in the tank and spread it around the guava trees. Then he put in another four sacks in the tank. Throughout the year, that was his way of fertilizing his guava trees.
Romy swore that his goat manure tea really worked wonders for his trees. He had a number of neighbors who also
GOAT MANURE IDEAL FOR MAKING MANURE TEA – The manure of goats which comes in pellet-like form is ideal for making manure tea for watering fruit trees like guavas. Manure in sacks is submerged in the tank of water to produce manure tea. The manure that is submerged transforms the water into a dark manure rea that is full of nutrients. Goat manure is ideal for this purpose because it does not have a bad smell unlike chicken and pig manure.