A “clever” farmer in Ca­bat­uan, Is­abela

Agriculture - - Contents - BY JULIO P. YAP, JR.

LIT­ER­ALLY, a farmer in Ca­bat­uan town, Is­abela, can be called “clever” for choos­ing the right in­put for his mung­bean or munggo plan­ta­tion.

After all, his name is Clever Domingo of Barangay Del Cor­puz. That is why he is plainly and fondly called as “Clever” by his fel­low farm­ers in their com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to Domingo, he has been us­ing the prod­ucts of Tagchem Dragon Dis­tri­bu­tion, Inc. (TDDI) in his 3.5-hectare farm­land which is de­voted to rice in Barangay Cor­puz for sev­eral crop­ping sea­sons al­ready; but it was his first time to try us­ing some in­puts of TDDI for his mung­bean plan­ta­tion.

As a ro­ta­tion crop for rice, Domingo says he pre­ferred plant­ing mung­bean be­cause it is a short ma­tur­ing crop and plays a vi­tal role in crop di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, aside from be­ing a soil fer­til­ity-en­hanc­ing crop.

Domingo says that after his mung­bean plants started to ma­ture, he no­ticed a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment, prob­a­bly due to the in­puts he sourced from Tagchem Dragon Dis­tri­bu­tion, Inc., like Met­tle Pro, King Arthur, and Dragon Hu­mus.

Ac­cord­ing to Fer­nando Verce, an agron­o­mist of TDDI and the one who con­vinced Domingo to try the prod­ucts in his mung­bean plan­ta­tion, Met­tle Pro is a sys­temic fo­liar fungi­cide which is the com­bi­na­tion of tetra­cona­zole and car­ben­dazim.

Verce says it is a strong sys­temic fungi­cide which has a cu­ra­tive and pre­ven­tive ef­fect on var­i­ous crop dis­eases such as an­thrac­nose, diplo­dia stem end rot, scab, and sooty mold, among oth­ers.

This is the rea­son why the plants of Domingo re­mained pest-free and started to fruit abun­dantly.

Re­gard­ing King Arthur, Verce says it is also a syn­thetic pyrethroid in­sec­ti­cide, and is a pseudo-sys­temic in­sec­ti­cide due to its high sol­u­bil­ity in wa­ter.

Adding that the high sol­u­bil­ity makes its so­lu­tion eas­ily ab­sorbed by the plant.

While Dragon Hu­mus is an or­ganic soil con­di­tioner and plant growth stim­u­lant that

con­tains hu­mic acid, which is a fi­nal break-down con­stituent of the nat­u­ral hu­mi­fi­ca­tion of or­ganic ma­te­ri­als such as plant and an­i­mal mat­ters through the bi­o­log­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties of micro­organ­isms.

He ex­plained though that Dragon Hu­mus is not an al­ter­na­tive to fer­til­izer and is not, by it­self, a fer­til­izer, but it acts as a soil con­di­tioner and as a bio-cat­a­lyst and bio-stim­u­lant for the plant.

Be­cause of its char­ac­ter­is­tics, it en­hanced the mung­bean plants of Domingo, while at the same time, in­creased the soil’s fer­til­ity.

With these im­prove­ments, Domingo is ex­pect­ing to in­crease his mung­bean yield – by up to 1,000 ki­los per hectare, based on the per­for­mance of his crop.

Dur­ing a re­cent visit to the farm of Domingo, we no­ticed the phys­i­cal im­prove­ment of his crop, as com­pared with the mung­bean plan­ta­tions around his farm­land.

In just a mat­ter of days, Domingo is ex­pected to have a boun­ti­ful har­vest of mung­bean. After all, mung­bean can be har­vested in about 65 to 70 days be­cause it is a short ma­tur­ing crop.

By us­ing the prod­ucts of TDDI, Domingo says it re­duced the need for other com­mer­cial and in­or­ganic fer­til­iz­ers and pes­ti­cides for his mung­bean plants, ap­par­ently due to the im­proved soil fer­til­ity and bet­ter ab­sorp­tion of nu­tri­ents from the soil.

Verce added that the in­puts also im­proved the wa­ter hold­ing ca­pac­ity of the soil, thus, help­ing re­sist drought, which is preva­lent in the prov­ince.

Mean­while, TDDI chief oper­at­ing of­fi­cer Jo Mari R. Aves says that in or­der to meet the re­quire­ments of the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try and to sus­tain cor­po­rate growth, TDDI pe­ri­od­i­cally re­leases new prod­ucts which are use­ful and ben­e­fi­cial to the farm­ers and other stake­hold­ers.

Adding that as a lo­cally grown and a Filipino-owned com­pany, TDDI takes pride in con­tribut­ing to the coun­try’s do­mes­tic growth in its own hum­ble way.

Clever Domingo while stand­ing be­side a fla­glet of Met­tle Pro at his farm­land which is planted with mung­bean.

TDDI agron­o­mist Fer­nando Verce (left) poses with Domingo dur­ing his re­cent visit to the lat­ter’s farm to mon­i­tor his mung­bean plan­ta­tion.

Com­pared with the mung­bean plants of his neigh­bor (left), the plants of Domingo (right) are much bet­ter and ro­bust due to the prod­ucts of Tagchem Dragon Dis­tri­bu­tion, Inc. which he uses.

The vig­or­ous mung­bean plants of Domingo which con­stantly flow­ered is at­trib­uted to the right in­puts he used from sow­ing up to the fruit­ing stages.

De­spite the harsh­ness of weather in the lo­cal­ity, the mung­bean plants of Domingo re­mained vig­or­ous.

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