Que­zon farmer finds new sweet corn prof­itable

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CARMELO PRADO, 49, of Sari­aya, Que­zon is one fel­low who is in love with sweet corn although at first try, he suf­fered big losses. He lost a lot of money when his plants were over­taken by the rains in a pre­vi­ous year. He planted then two va­ri­eties which he would rather not dis­close.

He re­cov­ered his con­fi­dence in sweet corn after plant­ing a new va­ri­ety that is claimed to be suit­able for plant­ing all-year-round be­cause it is re­sis­tant to dis­eases that are preva­lent dur­ing the rainy months. This is the Sweet For­tune va­ri­ety that was in­tro­duced by Ramgo In­ter­na­tional a cou­ple of years ago.

Last May 25, a field day was held at the farm of Carmelo in Brgy. Mon­te­cillo in Sari­aya where a beau­ti­ful stand of Sweet For­tune was wit­nessed by more than 200 vis­i­tors from var­i­ous parts of South­ern Lu­zon.

Carmelo was so up­beat in telling about his good for­tune in plant­ing Sweet For­tune. Last Fe­bru­ary (2018), he planted on half a hectare three ki­los of Sweet For­tune seeds worth R5,550. Seventy five days after plant­ing, he har­vested his crop.

From the three ki­los of seeds, he har­vested 12,130 Class A ears which he sold for R9 apiece for a to­tal of R109,170; 3,000 Class B ears which he sold for R7 apiece for R21,000; and 1,950 Class C ears which he sold for R5 each for R9,750. That’s a to­tal of R139,920. Oh yes, the hy­brid pro­duced a high per­cent­age of high class ears.

And how much did he spend to pro­duce his Sweet For­tune? He spent only R21,000, so he made a profit of R118,920 in a growing pe­riod of 75 days. The cost con­sisted of the seeds, land prepa­ra­tion, fer­til­izer, crop pro­tec­tion in­puts, ir­ri­ga­tion, and la­bor.

Even be­fore har­vest­ing his first crop in 2018, he had al­ready sched­uled the plant­ing of 12 ki­los of seeds be­cause of his very good ex­pe­ri­ence with the new va­ri­ety. On April 16, he planted five ki­los on one hectare. This was fol­lowed ten days later by five ki­los on another one hectare. The third plant­ing of two ki­los was on May 6.

And for the rainy months of June to De­cem­ber, Prado has al­ready or­dered 36 ki­los of seeds. He is very con­fi­dent that he

will suc­ceed, con­sid­er­ing the good qual­i­ties of the new hy­brid. And he is not wor­ried about mar­ket­ing be­cause he has re­li­able buy­ers. Be­sides, the South­ern Lu­zon Trad­ing Post is right in his home­town where he could dis­pose off his har­vests.

Mean­while, at the field day on May 25, the at­ten­dees also wit­nessed the fruit­ful­ness of the Mag­num, a va­ri­ety of “pani­gang” hot pep­per. It is a pro­lific va­ri­ety that can be grown year-round.

Other va­ri­eties in­cluded the Ja­cobina tomato, Jen Jen cu­cum­ber, Mt. Data Radish, Obama sitao, Red Dragon onion, Vi­o­leta waxy corn and oth­ers.— ZAC B. SARIAN

Carmelo Prado is in love with Sweet For­tune.

De Grano talks about the good traits of Sweet For­tune be­fore field day vis­i­tors.

Prado hold­ing a big ear of Sweet For­tune.

Anna de Grano hold­ing boiled ears of Sweet For­tune.

More than 200 farm­ing en­thu­si­asts at­tended the field day.

Some of the vis­i­tors at the field day.

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