Mango people in Bohol confab
We have met some of the most interesting mango people at the 11th National Mango Congress held at the Bohol Cultural Center in Tagbilaran City from April 27 to 29.
One interesting lecturer is Frank Sacdalan who grows mangoes on a total of more than 38 hectares in Libungan, South Cotabato. Two of his farms are owned by him while two others are leased from their owners.
He is particularly proud of the 142 tons of mangoes he harvested from 500 trees on February 13 to 19, 2008. Some of the trees are 30 to 50 years old. He is so proud because he was able to sell his harvest at P31.50 per kilo so that he was able to gross P4.4 million from that particular harvest. The cost of production and marketing was P1.7 million so he made a net profit of P2.7 million.
Frank discussed at Congress how he can make two harvests from his mango trees twice in 14 months. He does this by applying paclobutrazol (Cultar is the brand name) in the soil. This hastens the maturiy of the leaves so that they could be induced to flower in just 3 to 4 months from treatment with Cultar. If one were to depend only on mother nature, the maturity of the leaves will not be uniform and it will take 8 months before the trees could be sprayed with flower inducer.
If the trees are treated with Cultar in October, the trees could be induced to flower in late January or early February. The fruits will be harvestable in late May or early June. Immediately after harvesting, the trees could be induced again to bloom. There is no more need to apply Cultar at this time. This will be harvestable in late October or November.
Thus he can harvest from his trees two times within one year.
Another interesting fellow we met is Patricio Evangelista, president of the Federation of Mango Growers and Handlers Associations of Pangasinan, Inc. He is busy attending to so many things, contacting a lot of mango people. That’s because it will be the turn of Pangasinan to host the 12th National Mango Congress which will be held in Lingayen on February 22 to 24, 2010.
At some other time, we will be featuring other interesting mango people in our write ups soon. There are many other interesting personalities in the mango industry from Cebu, Bohol, Visayas and Mindanao. Just keep yourself posted on our agri-page and the magazines we write for.