Now that Kurikong is such a big problem of mango growers, not a few of our readers are convinced that jackfruit and pomelo could be a better choice for our farmers. But of course, the growers should make sure that they plant the right varieties.
A 48-year-old employee in Manila, texted us that he is now determined to plant an 8-hectare property in Catanduanes to latexless jackfruit. He is dreaming to become the “Jackfruit King” of Catanduanes someday. Not a bad ambition, is it?
Another businessman with a 26-hectare farm south of Manila is determined to go big in jackfruit and pomelo. He has already bought his initial planting materials of the two fruit crops. Earlier, he has planted 2,000 dwarf coconuts of the local Matag variety. Now, he plans to fill 11 hectares to jackfruit and pomelo.
In the meantime, our food technologists and other researchers should develop various products with added value that could be made out of the harvests, especially jackfruit. This could create more employment in the countryside. This could mean more products for local sales and for export.
Earlier, our friend Sandy Javier of Andok’s Litson Manok fame, had seen the wisdom of planting jackfruit in a big way in his farm in Batangas. By now, he must have planted more than a thousand of a variety from Leyte and is continuing to plant some more