Jonie Lindawan, a 36-year-old tomato farmer from Tinoc, Ifugao reveals that despite the low price of P6 to P8 per kilo of his harvest, he still finds it profitable to plant Diamante Max, a hybrid variety developed by East-West Seed. That is because the variety is high-yielding and is more resistant to disease than others in the market.
He said that as early as when he was 17 years old, he has been farming, growing cabbage and potatoes in the past many years. These crops were not so profitable to grow, however. That’s why five years ago, he started planting Marimar, an earlier variety developed by East-West. It was high-yielding and more profitable to grow than cabbage and potatoes.
Not long after, he came to know about the Diamante Max which to his pleasant surprise was higher-yielding than Marimar. When he was planting Marimar, he got only 150 crates per weekly harvest for a total of 3,000 kilos from two parcels of land that he was cultivating. When he planted Diamante Max on the same area totaling 5,000 square meters, he could harvest 4,600 kilos per harvest. Even at the low price of P8 per kilo that traders paid him, the weekly harvest was worth P36,000.
His current crop of Diamante Max was transplanted on November 10, 2017. In his first harvest on January 24, 2018, he got 1,150 kilos, increasing to 4,200 kilos on the fifth harvest (Feb. 22, 2018). He spends P5 per kilo to bring his harvest to the trading post in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya. It is quite expensive but there is still some profit that remains.
Jonie usually grows two crops of tomatoes a year. He grows these in a 2,500-square meter area that he owns and in another 2,500 square meters that he rents.—Reported by Marvin S. Baños, EWS Field Marketing Representative.