By Zac B. Sarian
A lady professional, Luzviminda Tancangco, who was once a commissioner of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) put up her own organic farm and an organic restaurant in Bustos, Bulacan for a very good personal reason. And that is, in her own words, “to keep her sanity.”
In her Daily Bread Organic Farm in Brgy. Bonga Memor, she has put up facilities for relaxation, team building activities, and growing areas for vegetables, native pigs and other small animals like chickens and rabbits. She has become an advocate of healthy living which means organically grown foods.
The irony of it, she says, is that after putting up all the facilities, the tax man was swift in assessing the property although it is not yet making money. Before, she used to pay P6,000 in taxes a year for the property. Suddenly, the tax has increased to P51,000 a year.
She explained that while the farm is not yet making money, she has put up an organic restaurant along the highway to cater to health-conscious customers. The income from the restaurant, she said, is used to finance further development of the organic farm.
Miss Tancangco has developed a network of suppliers of organically grown farm produce that include mushrooms, various vegetables, turmeric powder, coffee from Sagada, honey from the wild, coco sugar, rice, organic wines and many others. She has become a consolidator of various organic products so that she is helping small farmers increase their incomes. The Dumagats, for instance, are making money fom the turmeric that they supply to the organic restaurant and store.
In pursuing her advocacy for healthy living, Miss Tancangco is at peace and happy with her sanity intact.
ON PAPAYA RING SPOT VIRUS – This disease is prevalent in many places in Luzon like the Calabarzon provinces, in Mindoro and Palawan. It is said that Mindanao is PRSV-free.
Experts from East-West-Seed, a company which distributes several papaya hybrids, give practical pointers on managing the disease. First, let us know the symptoms. Young leaves show yellowing and vein-clearing that can be followed by prominent yellow mottling. Lobes of infected leaves may become severely distorted and narrow.
In the fruits circles and C-shaped markings are darker green than the background fruit color; the markings can become gray and crusty in texture.
Management strategies include crop rotation with non-host plants, field sanitation, use of varieties with resistance to the virus, and control of aphids which transmit the disease. Aphids can be controlled by timely application of insecticides such as Dimethoate, Cartap hydrochloride, Malathion and Thiometoxam.
ORCHID FARM VISIT – On February 25, a Sunday, the AANI Group will visit the six-hectare Golden Blooms Orchid Farm of Edwin Veneracion in Brgy. Maguinao, San Rafael, Bulacan. The farm boasts of thousands upon thousands of Dendrobiums, Strap Leaf Vandas, Cattleyas and other genera.
The orchid farm is not normally open to group tours but AANI was able to get permission from Veneracion so that the participants can appreciate how orchids are grown on a large scale. Those interested to join may contact Jocelyn Mahipus at 0917-242-9785 or 0917-785-0916 for booking.