PUMPKIN GROWER: He Learned From His Big Mistake, Now Makes Php 150,000 Per Cropping

PUMPKIN GROWER: He Learned From His Big Mistake, Now Makes Php 150,000 Per Cropping

Thirty two-year-old Benjie Monsanto of San Fernando, Bukidnon who gave up his job as a barangay bookkeeper in order to go into farming is now a big time pumpkin farmer.

He is planting the Suprema variety on 50 hectares some of which he owns and the others he rents. He produces three crops a year and in each cropping, he could make a net profit of P150,000.

PUMPKIN GROWER: He Learned From His Big Mistake, Now Makes Php 150,000 Per Cropping
Benjie Monsanto and members of his family.

Like many other farmers, Benjie also had his own big mistake. That was when he felt the price of the F1 seeds of Suprema was too high and decided to buy the F2 (second generation) seeds which were offered to him at a very low price.

Buying the cheap Suprema seeds was his big mistake because instead of producing the first class pumpkins, he got a very low yield of inferior fruits. He barely managed to break even from that particular cropping instead of making a big profit.

But he has learned his lesson from that mistake, and today he only plants the first generation seeds even if they cost more. After all, they produce a high yield of quality fruits.

PUMPKIN GROWER: He Learned From His Big Mistake, Now Makes Php 150,000 Per Cropping
Benjie’s workers with their own motorcycles help haul the harvest from the field to the access road.

Benjie also encountered other challenges in the early years. He did not have enough money to hire harvesters and to haul the harvest to the access road. He also suffered from very low prices offered by buyers. However, he persevered and his tenacity paid off.

Today, because of Suprema, Benjie has gone a long way economically. Transporting his produce to the market is no longer a problem because he has bought a pick up truck. And he is very proud that he has helped improve the economic status of many of his townmates who work for him. They have bought their own motorcycles and other amenities of a better life.

PUMPKIN GROWER: He Learned From His Big Mistake, Now Makes Php 150,000 Per Cropping
Benjie Monsanto poses with yhoung squash plants in the field.

Benjie and his wife Analie have four children, all boys. They are Benjade Andrian, Keith Joshua, Benjames Harold and Benjie III. They live in Purok 5, Little Baguio, San Fernando, Bukidnon.

PUMPKIN GROWER: He Learned From His Big Mistake, Now Makes Php 150,000 Per Cropping
Benjie’s pumpkins are bought by the truckload.
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4 thoughts on “PUMPKIN GROWER: He Learned From His Big Mistake, Now Makes Php 150,000 Per Cropping

  1. Hi Zac,

    Can you send me contacts on who buys squash/pumpkins by the truckloads? I expect to harvest around 8 tons of these by end of jan 2017.

    Thanks for the info.

    1. Sorry, I don’t have the info coz the data was sent to me by East-West Seed. Maybe, if you can send me your picture, I can announce that you are expecting to harvest your crop and that you want to meet a buyer. Pls. give your full name and where you farm. Ty. Thanks for visiting the blog.

  2. Hi šŸ™‚
    Magtatanong lang po ako, kong paano po ba macocontact si Benjie Monsanto? Para sa pagsupply ng squash?

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