A mango contractor in Bukidnon discovered that the application of organic fertilizer could boost the productivity of decades-old mango trees.
by Julio Yap
Florencio Labitad says that Amino Plus Foliar Fertilizer had a significant effect on the number of fruits that can be harvested per tree. He noted though that it is not enough for farmers to make the trees bear fruit; they should know the problems they are likely to encounter and the solutions for these.
During a recent visit to the mango orchard that Labitad is managing in Barangay Sugod, Valencia City in Bukidnon, he said that he was reluctant at first to use an organic fertilizer as others claim it is less potent compared to other commercial fertilizers.
But after applying the trial package offered by Amino Plus Foliar Fertilizer, he says that his perception about the product changed because of the initial encouraging results he was able to observe from the mango trees that were treated with the organic fertilizer.
After all, proper fertilization can provide the trees and plants the nourishment they need as nutrients are continuously depleted from them.
Labitad started spraying 84 mango trees at the orchard he was managing with Amino Plus. Most of those were already decades old. The initial spraying was done after 35 days, or right after the fruit setting stage of the targeted trees. Afterwards, regular spraying was done on a weekly basis until the fruits reached the ideal size for the bagging stage.
Labitad says that it is important to wrap the fruits (using old newspapers) because this improves the fruit quality and at the same time, reduces the percentage of rejects. With the use of bagging, the reduction in the percentage of rejects is estimated to be from 60 percent to 15 percent of the total harvest.
Bagging is usually done by expert fruit baggers. Otherwise, the desired results cannot be attained, and novice baggers will be in danger of falling from the mature tree. The supplies and materials needed for bagging the fruits include a bamboo ladder, stapler and wire, old newspapers, and rope.
When the targeted harvest time was almost upon them, Labitad noted that the fruits had became early maturing—meaning, they were able to harvest the mangoes after 110 days instead of the usual 120 days.
He said that this development is impressive but added that he became more impressed after learning that they were able to harvest some 81,000 fruits from the mango trees that were sprayed with Amino Plus Foliar Fertilizer. Before using the product, Labitad admitted that they could only harvest a little more than 50,000 fruits per cycle. This translates to an increase of over 50 percent in production.
“With the use of Amino Plus Foliar Fertilizer and proper technology, I’m optimistic that the other decades-old mango tress at the farm would eventually be revitalized to become more productive,” he says.
Using the techniques he learned from his experience, plus the technical support he is getting from Global Green Organic Fertilizer (the makers of Amino Plus), Labitad says that he will be using the product on the other mango trees under his care at the farm; all are of the carabao variety.
Plants sprayed with Amino Plus will become more resistant to diseases and other environmental stresses like extreme drought or flooding. When sprayed, it effectively adheres to the plant’s surface and provides quick supplementation.
Unlike other fertilizers which are derived from fish and other natural sources, Amino Plus Foliar Fertilizer is not processed at high temperatures, which prevents the denaturation of proteins while retaining amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, and natural oil. The product also contains effective microorganisms which can have long-term beneficial effects on the physical, chemical, and biological condition of the soil.
This story appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s February 2017 issue.