Get to know how the grafted ampalaya could give farmers as much as ₱646,400 of net profit.
By Zac Sarian
The new technology of planting grafted ampalaya is becoming increasingly popular because it is a big profit maker for the farmer and also for the company producing the same.
Grafted ampalaya is more resistant to diseases and yields than ordinary ungrafted seedlings. The grafted ampalaya has a longer productive life because its root-stock is a disease-resistant patola.
As per the experience of East-West Seed experts, one grafted plant can yield an average of 7.8 kilos compared to 6 kilos per ungrafted plant. At the average selling price of ₱25 per kilo of ampalaya fruits, it means one grafted ampalaya yields ₱45 more per plant. On a per hectare basis, farmers make a net profit of ₱646,400 per hectare if they plant the grafted seedlings. On the other hand, they can make a net profit of ₱504,620 with the ungrafted seedlings. That means an additional profit of ₱141,780 per hectare for the farmer who plants grafted seedlings.
East-West Seed is the pioneer in producing grafted ampalaya seedlings, which currently sell for ₱20 apiece. In 2016, the company sold to farmers 700,000 grafted ampalaya worth ₱14,000,000. This year (2017), it is targeting the production of 1 million grafted seedlings. That would bring in a gross revenue of ₱20 million for the company.
This story appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s August 2017 issue.