THE PROLIFICA eggplant variety is really a big money-maker. Ronald and Mariflor Calong of Cabatuan, Isabela said that in the last season, they harvested from their 1.5-hectare Prolifica plantation 7,500 kilos of fruits every 4-5 days for a period of five months. Even if the farmgate price was only P10 per kilo, that amounted to P75,000 per harvest.
AT AGRIBIZ KAPIHAN – We met the Calong couple at the Agribiz Kapihan at the Harbsst Building at the Rizal Techno Park in Taytay, Rizal on October 13, 2018. They had just bought a power tiller worth P190,000 from Harbest that they will use in cultivating their 7-hectare vegetable farm. Three harvests of Prolifica were more than enough to pay for the power tiller!
MOST IN DEMAND – Prolifica is the most sought-after variety of eggplant today for a number of good reasons. Aside from being prolific, it is not susceptible to the usual pests and diseases that attack other varieties. The eating quality is superior and has a longer shelf life, too.
HYBRID RICE, TOO – Prolifica is distributed in the country by SeedWorks PH headed by Carlos Saplala. The company also distributes high-yielding hybrid rice varieties like US-88 which has yielded bumper crops in a recent competition called Hari sa Ani conducted in Luzon and the Davao region.