CLAIRE MORALES TRUE True or False Column Retiring? Invest in Exotic Fruit Trees Farming in the Philippines

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Are you retiring, about to retire or planning to retire after long years of daily grind here in America?
 
Are you planning to invest some of your hard-earned dollars in your hometown in the Philippines?
 
Here’s one surefire way to do it and you need not much dollars to start this project. Also, you can do it slowly and need not do it big immediately unless you have mastered this project.
 
We are referring to growing high-value exotic fruit trees while enjoying the rustic view and fresh air of your hometown.
 
While it takes 5 to 15 years the ordinary way for your trees to grow and bear fruits, there’s a way to do it so you can harvest in only a year, a year and a half or maximum of two years.
 
And through this technology, your fruit trees will be sturdy and strong and would not easily fall during strong typhoons unlike the ordinary trees.
 
And using this technology, your fruit trees will be more prolific and you can enjoy the fruits even off season.
 
Not only that. You can now plant fruit trees in places where they were not expected to grow and bear fruits. For instance, durian and Davao pomelo used to be confined in Davao and other parts of Mindanao but now, thanks to a noted Filipino pomologist and agriculturist Dr. Bernardo Dizon, grow and bear fruits in Luzon and the Visayas, sometimes better than the Mindanao counterparts.
 
As a showcase of the success of this technology, there are several durian trees and Davao pomelo trees, most of them 15 to 20 years old, bearing fruits in an adobe-laden corner of a national park in Quezon City. Experts once said the fruit trees would not grow there but Dr. Dizon, popularly known as Ka Bernie, has proven everybody wrong.
 
Not only that. In that park, Ka Bernie has also mangosteen, rambutan and  lanzones trees all bearing fruits.
 
And, it’s true – he has also grapes, some of them bearing fruits as of this writing.
That corner at the Aquino Wildlife Park blooming with fruit-bearing trees is the Bernie Dizon Exotic Fruits Demo Farm and Nursery established by the noted pomologist more than 15 years ago under a joint venture agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which has jurisdiction over the park.
 
Here, you can feast on with latex-less jackfruit (langka) trees, the prolific longkong and duco lanzones trees, native and several foreign varieties of mango trees, calamansi, seedless atis, chico, longan, sweet guyabano and others which could give the farmers sure and quick return for their investment. He also has the vine paminta which many call the black gold.
 
While in Manila, I had the fortune of meeting Dr. Bernardo Dizon and, after short demonstration-lecture in his nursery, immediately he converted me as one of his disciples in exotic and high-value fruit trees farming. Not to be outdone, our Philippines Today editor in chief Alfred Gabot, too, was a recent convert and like me has started planting latex-less jackfruit, mangosteen, lanzones and choconan mangoes in Pampanga and Pangasinan.
 
Dr. Dizon is no stranger to fruit-bearing trees farming. Years ago, he actually spearheaded the planting of thousands and thousands of fruit trees in the 5,000 hectare-farm of former Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. in Pontevedra and nearby towns in Negros Oriental.
 
Other successful tree farmers who are happy and fully satisfied with Dr. Dizon’s planting materials and techniques are former Congressman Salacnib Baterina of Ilocos Sur, former Philippine National Police chief Recaredo Sarmiento II of Lucena City, lawyer Victor Lazatin of Tiaong, Quezon; businessmen Henry Dupo of Abra and Mario Calayco of President Roxas in North Cotabato and Nelda Zulueta of the Rosa Farms of sweet mangoes in San Antonio, Zambales and lately former Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. Just recently, former Pangasinan Governor, now Congressman Amado T. Espino Jr., also started tapping Dr. Dizon for his farms in Pangasinan.
 
Baterina attests that his lanzones, Thai rambutan and Davao pomelo in his home province are even fruiting out of season. Dupo declares that his double-rooted Longkong lanzones had been giving him an average of  50 to 100 kilos per tree every harvest time, prompting him to quip, “I now have full evidence of the popular bucolic saying ‘money grows on trees.’   Lazatin, meanwhile, takes pride of his long rows of heavily-fruiting Longkong lanzones, jackfruit and chocanan fruit trees in his diversified 11-hectare farm in Quezon.
 
Sarmiento, on the other hand, claims that his Longkong fruit trees are the star attractions and source of income in his family farm resort in Lucena City. Colayco, meanwhile, takes pride of his heavily-fruiting 500 double root-stocks Longkong trees, enabling him to ship huge orders to Manila. He calls his Longkong and rambutan trees “My champion longkong and rambutan.”
 
More on Dr. Bernardo Dizon and his technology and other techniques in our next column. For comments, email our Philippines Today editor in chief at alfred.gabot@gmail.com, or alfredgabot@aol.com