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

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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.

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