DENNIS PESIGAN used to be a fisherman in San Juan, Batangas but gave that up about 7 years ago to become a full time grower of high-value crops like papaya, ampalaya and hot peppers.
He planted Mestisa ampalaya on 2,500 square meters last November 13, 2013 and to date he has already harvested 33 tons worth P1.2 million.
Mestisa ampalaya produces big fruits that are light green. It is also resistant to virus. While many Filipinos are used to buying the dark green ampalaya, Dennis does not have trouble selling the light colored variety. In fact some say they like the Mestisa because they think it is less bitter.
He also planted Red Royale and Cariñosa papaya on 2,000 square meters which are very prolific. He has already harvested 3.4 tons from them and hopes to harvest more in the coming months. He is so excited about the two papaya hybrids that he is readying a 15,000 sq.m. lot for planting them.
In one photo, Dennis is shown holding a fruit of Red Royale papaya during the papaya expo recently held in his farm in Brgy. Balagbag, San Juan, Batangas. In the other photo, he is shown with his Mestisa ampalaya.