IF you are a farmer looking for a crop that you can grow and harvest within a short time, take a second good look at cucumbers.
Farmers in Majayjay and Liliw, Laguna, agree that cucumbers like the Jenjen variety from Ramgo Seeds can give a fast return to the grower. Victor Arvisu of Liliw swears that he loves Jenjen because it can be grown anytime of the year and the price is usually good – P30 to P40 a kilo, especially if there is no glut in the market. When there is an oversupply, the price may go down to as low as P10 a kilo but there is still some income to be made because the cost of production is low.
Farmers in different barangays in Majayjay – Gagalot, Ilayang Bunga and Taytay – all agree that Jenjen is a profitable variety to grow. Nestor Rondilla of Gagalot said that in 2018, he planted half a hectare to Jenjen and made a very good income. Once harvesting starts, picking the fruits is done every other day. He remembers that on the fourth picking, he harvested 1,000 kilos which he sold for P27 to P30 per kilo. At P27 a kilo, that was already P27,000. And harvesting does not require a lot of manpower. Actually, Rondilla said that one harvester can harvest a thousand kilos in one day.
In 45 days from the first harvest, Rondilla made a total of 22 harvests. Since harvest is every other day, the cash flow is pretty constant.
To maximize income from his land, Rondilla has come up with his system of growing his cucumber together with his tomatoes. One month after planting the tomatoes, he plants his cucumber between the tomatoes within the row, providing the same with a string or straw to guide the upward growth of the cucumber plant.
Harvesting is done every other day, and the productive life of Rondilla’s plants lasted for one and a half months or 45 days. That meant 22 harvests.
Rondilla has also come up with his system of growing his cucumber between his tomatoes. He said that one month after planting his tomatoes, he plants between the hills of tomato, providing his cucumber with straw to climb on. When the tomatoes are just starting to flower, the cucumber is already producing fruits.