IN­CREASE YIELD THROUGH PROPER IN­PUTS

Agriculture - - Engineer Farmer -

DIF­FER­ENT PEO­PLE with dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sions in the coun­try have started to ven­ture in agri­cul­ture. Af­ter all, the Philip­pines is an agri­cul­tural coun­try and there is so much to tap to boost the lo­cal agri­cul­tural sec­tor. Most of those we have en­coun­tered who shifted from their pro­fes­sion as en­gi­neers to ven­ture in farm­ing have al­ready suc­ceeded, prob­a­bly be­cause they have an open mind to ap­ply mod­ern ap­proaches or farm­ing tech­nolo­gies.

In fact, a civil en­gi­neer from a high­land town in Bukid­non has al­ready pros­pered in farm­ing by us­ing the right in­puts and be­liev­ing in his in­stincts.

One par­tic­u­lar en­gi­neer who tried us­ing the proper in­put is from a town in Nueva Ecija who man­aged to in­crease his har­vest.

Ac­cord­ing to En­gi­neer Jose Ma­teo of Barangay Bunol in Guimba town, Nueva Ecija, he was able to in­crease his yield by around 30 per­cent by ap­ply­ing Amino Plus Fo­liar Fer­til­izer (APFF) in his rice farm which mea­sures four hectares.

Ma­teo says he was able to har­vest at least 12 met­ric tons (MT) per hectare dur­ing the last har­vest sea­son af­ter mix­ing Amino Plus Fo­liar Fer­til­izer with in­or­ganic fer­til­iz­ers on the hy­brid SL-7 rice va­ri­ety.

This amounts to around 30 per­cent more from his pre­vi­ous har­vest of just eight met­ric tons per hectare.

Ma­teo says he re­al­ized the po­ten­tial of the APFF in rais­ing his yield mainly due to the im­prove­ment in his rice plan­ta­tion.

He par­tic­u­larly cited the re­vi­tal­ized roots of his plants af­ter ap­ply­ing the in­put to­gether with the tra­di­tional fer­til­iz­ers he has been us­ing be­fore.

He says more farm­ers should be en­cour­aged to try us­ing APFF mixed with their tra­di­tional farm­ing prac­tices in or­der to in­crease their yield.

This is be­cause APFF is made from fish, and con­tains dif­fer­ent com­pounds which pro­mote plant growth.

It does not con­tain toxic or car­cino­genic ma­te­ri­als, thus a good source of fer­til­izer.

Un­like other fer­til­iz­ers de­rived from fish or other nat­u­ral sources, APFF does not in­volve heat­ing. Fish is liq­ue­fied at low tem­per­a­ture which pre­vents de­nat­u­ra­tion of pro­teins and re­tains valu­able amino acids, vi­ta­mins, and nat­u­ral oils.

It makes use of nat­u­ral en­zyme from fish to pro­duce es­sen­tial amino acids and fatty acids that are eas­ily ab­sorbed by plants.

APFF does not use harm­ful preser­va­tives and makes use of or­ganic acids pro­duced by lac­tic acid bac­te­ria ( lac­to­bacil­lus p.) for preser­va­tion.

Ma­teo also noted that APFF in­creased the tol­er­ance of his rice plants to disease-caus­ing micro­organ­isms. Thus, he was able to save on the pur­chase of ad­di­tional in­puts.

Be­cause APFF con­tains ef­fec­tive micro­organ­isms con­sist­ing mostly of lac­tic acid bac­te­ria, nitro­gen fix­ing bac­te­ria and yeast that act as bio-fer­til­iz­ers for plants.

Af­ter all, fish con­tains com­pounds for pro­mot­ing plant growth and does not con­tain toxic or car­cino­genic ma­te­ri­als mak­ing it a valu­able re­source for bio-fer­til­iza­tion.

They give long-term ben­e­fi­cial ef­fects on the phys­i­cal, chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal as­pects of the soil.

The im­prove­ment on the yield of Ma­teo can be at­trib­uted to the use of hy­brid rice seeds and the right in­puts which he used.

He says the use of high yield­ing rice va­ri­eties, tech­ni­cal sup­port from qual­i­fied farm tech­ni­cians, and the proper choice of in­puts like the APFF re­sulted in the in­crease of his har­vest.

Ma­teo says choos­ing the rice va­ri­ety to plant, and ap­ply­ing the right in­puts is cru­cial to at­tain the de­sired out­put.

He also re­minded other farm­ers that cul­tural man­age­ment strate­gies must be ob­served, and the land should be well-pre­pared be­fore plant­ing the crops of their choice.

In­ci­den­tally, APFF is cer­ti­fied as or­ganic by the Or­ganic

Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter of the Philip­pines (OCCP), and was found to ef­fec­tively ad­here to the plant’s sur­face.

APFF also pro­vides quick sup­ple­men­ta­tion which in­creases the yield and growth of the plants, while in­creas­ing the crop’s re­sis­tance against drought that is be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced in many parts of the coun­try due to cli­mate change.

APFF is man­u­fac­tured in the coun­try by Global Green Or­ganic Fer­til­izer, Inc., which is lo­cated in River­side Can­du­man, Man­daue City, Cebu.

The com­pany vows to con­stantly pro­duce and in­no­vate more prod­ucts from valu­able nat­u­ral sources to pro­mote plant and an­i­mal growth, and even­tu­ally help pro­pel the coun­try’s agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

En­gi­neer Jose Ma­teo says he was able to in­crease his yield by around 30 per­cent by us­ing Amino Plus Fo­liar Fer­til­izer – he was able to har­vest at least 12 met­ric tons per hectare dur­ing the last har­vest sea­son. The use of high-yield­ing rice va­ri­eties, tech­ni­cal sup­port from qual­i­fied farm tech­ni­cians, and the proper choice of in­puts like the APFF, re­sulted in the in­crease of his har­vest.

Ma­teo also re­minded other farm­ers that cul­tural man­age­ment strate­gies must be ob­served, and the land should be well-pre­pared be­fore plant­ing the crops of their choice.

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