A Contrarian Farmer In Bukidnon

We can’t easily forget an engineer we interviewed four years ago who grows vegetables in Fortich, Bukidnon. He calls himself a contrarian farmer.

Why? Well, when everybody else is producing sweet pepper for the December market, he would be planting his seedlings when the other farmers are harvesting theirs. His target is to harvest in late February to May.

He had observed that because of the big supply in the previous two years, average price in December was only P30 per kilo at farmgate. On the other hand, he sold his sweet pepper in late February to May at an average of P120 per kilo. He sold his harvest to traders in Cagayan de Oro who subsequently shipped the same to Cebu and Bohol where there are plenty of tourists and fiestas.

Here’s one example he cited. He planted 5,000 hills of the Emperor variety from East-West Seed on 2,500 square meters. He spent a total of P18 to P25 per hill. Which means P90,000 to P125,000 for the 5,000 plants. He really hit the jackpot because he grossed almost P1 million from that in a production cycle of 5 months.

You might want to know how he fertilized his sweet pepper plants to maximize fruit production. At planting time, 5 grams of ammonium sulfate (21-0-0) was applied per plant as basal fertilizer. Starting one month after planting, a cocktail of equal parts of complete (14-14-14), calcium phosphate and muriate of potash (0-0-60) was applied weekly. The rate was 15 to 20 grams per plant.

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