DR. PABLITO PAMPLONA has a dream for his retirement. He has started propagating in earnest two dwarf varieties of coconuts that are currently commercially grown in Thailand and Malaysia.
By the way, Dr. Pamplona is a retired professor and researcher from the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Kabacan, North Cotabato. He has big projects in oil palm, rubber and fruit trees but much of the management has been delegated to his son Joseph.
Now, his pet dream is to plant about five hectares to the two dwarf coconut varieties called Nam wan and Nam Hom. These varieties start bearing fruit as early as three years from planting so that their first fruits are just a few inches above the ground.
What is remarkable about these exotic coconut varieties is that they produce tender nuts and sweet water. One, particularly the Nam Hom, is said to have a very refreshing aroma.
He envisions that after establishing the five-hectare dwarf coconut farm, it could be an eco-tourism destination where people visit to partake of the sweet and tender young coconuts.
As of now, he has a number of ten-year-old trees that are prolific. He is propagating all the mature nuts for his project. And he is not yet ready to sell his seedlings to other people. His seedlings are for his dream farm in the meantime.