Year-Round Strawberry Under Greenhouse

Bethzaida Bustamante showing fruits of Festival.

FRANCIS CHING of Cada, Mankayan, Benguet, produces strawberries under greenhouse year-round.

He plants the Festival variety imported from the United States which is claimed to be highly suitable for planting in higher elevations of at least 1,000 meters above sea level.

Fruits of Festival strawberry are big, juicy and sweet. On top of that, they have better shipping quality than the Sweet Charlie that is usually grown in La Trinidad.

His greenhouses for growing strawberry cover 7,000 square meters. His strawberries are organically grown so that they command a high price, especially during the off-season, which could P300 to P400 per kilo.

Photo shows Bethzaida Bustamante of the Department of Agriculture during a visit to Ching’s farm recently.

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