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Tale of a rimas grafted unto kamansi stock

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By Zac B. Sarian

  • THREE-YEAR-OLD RIMAS WITH FIRST FRUIT – Harriette Beatrice Sac, together with members of her family, visited the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal and were fascinated by the first fruit of the rimas that was grafted on Kamansi rootstock. Harriette is pointing to the young fruit. Rimas is an important food item in the Pacific Islands. In the Philippines, it is also boiled, fried, cooked as vegetable or made into sweets. However, there are no known big plantations of breadfruit in the country.

  • FAMILY POSES WITH 3-YEAR-OLD RIMAS – The family of Harry Sac, a retired government employee, visited the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal and was fascinated by the fruiting three-year-old grafted rimas. With Harry are his daughter Harriette Beatrice, wife Beatriz and son Harold. They have a farm in Calatagan, Batangas.

  • FRUITING ORGANIC VEGGIES AT AGRI-BAZAAR – Fruiting vegetables that are grown in organic media will be made available at the Agri-Bazaar that will be held on April 20-22 at the Planas Gardens, Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City. These are grown in big numbers at the AANI Urban Farm at the Kingsville Court in Antipolo City. The vegetables in fruit include tomato (in photo), eggplant, pepper pangsigang, hot pepper and okra.

  • MALE RIMAS FLOWERS – The rimas produces male flowers that are elongated. In the case of the grafted rimas at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal, the three-year-old tree produced male flowers starting in late January 2018. The first fruit was noticed in the second week of April this year. Kamansi rootstock was used in grafting.

  • FREE QUAIL RAISING LECTURE – A free lecture on quail-raising will be held at the Agri-Kapihan at the AANI Weekend Market at Arca South (formerly FTI) on April 28, 2018. The lecture will be conducted by DrQuail, a long time grower of quails, producing eggs and chicks for sale. The company is accredited by the Bureau of Animal Industry. It is a partnership of Denrick Alcaraz and Rommel Decal.

  • ORGANIC FRUITING VEGGIES IN PLASTIC BAGS – Fruiting vegetables that are grown in organic potting media will be showcased at the Agri-Bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan at the Planas Gardens, Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on April 20-22, 2018. These are produced in big numbers at the AANI Urban Garden in Antipolo City. The veggies include pepper pangsigang, hot pepper, Diamante Max tomato, eggplant and okra. Buyers can put them in their home garden where they can harvest healthful, pesticide-free vegetables for their own consumption. Photo shows Tita Rubia posing with pepper pangsigang and other veggies.

    Rimas or breadfruit is a unique fruit tree because its fruit is seedless. As such there is no way of multiplying the tree from seed. The old way is to nick the root and when new sprout is produced, the sprout is detached when it has developed roots. Another way is through marcotting or air-layering.

    A lesser known method of multiplying the seedless rimas is by grafting unto a rootstock of a related fruit tree such as the Kamansi or Pakak as it is known in the Ilocos.

    In February 2015, we visited the Mariano Marcos State University in Batac City, Ilocos Norte. We wrote about the interesting varieties of fruit trees being grown and propagated there. All along, we have been trying to look for a rimas that we could plant in our farm in Teresa, Rizal. Fortunately, there was one grafted rimas left with just three leaves. It was grafted unto a rootstock of Kamansi. That we got for our little farm. We did not plant it until early May when rains were expected.

    We really took good care of the struggling grafted breadfruit, supplying it with a lot of Durabloom organic fertilizer and also spraying it with Power Grower Combo, a plant growth accelerator. It did not take long for it to become healthy-looking.

    In late January 2018, the tree had started producing elongated male flowers, the four main branches putting two male flowers at a time. We have been anticipating that in no time the real fruit will come out sooner or later. And lo and behold! When we visited on April 10, we were surprisingly pleased to see one young developing fruit.

    On April 14, the family of Harry Sac, a retired government employee, visited our farm and bought some planting materials of exotic fruit trees. They were also thrilled to see the three-year-old grafted breadfruit with its first fruit and posed for pictures with the tree.  Of course, we were also thrilled by the first fruits of our lone breadfruit. We will keep on monitoring developments.

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    AGRI-BAZAAR AT QUEZON CIRCLE – Fruiting vegetables grown at the AANI Urban Farm will be showcased and offered for sale at the Agri-Bazaar cum Agri-Kapihan which will be held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on April 20-22.

    There will be lectures during the 3-day event. On April 20, Friday, topics include mushroom growing, organic farming and rabbit-raising. On Saturday, topics include grafted vegetable technology, benefits of spirulina, Sweet Biostimulant by Bien Magcalas, and Snap Hydroponics by Richard Bernardo.

    On Sunday, Tony Rola will talk on mango production, followed by a talk on several ways to make rice farming profitable. The last speader will be Dr. Eduardo Paningbatan on container gardening.

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    AGRI-KAPIHAN AT AANI ARCA SOUTH – A free seminar on Quail Raising will be held at the AANI Weekend Market at Arca South (formerly FTI) on Saturday, April 28. The seminar will be conducted by DrQuail, a pioneer in quail production accredited by the Bureau of Animal Industry.

    The company has been in the business for 17 years as a partnership of Denrick Alcaraz and Rommel Decal. For more information, contact Cristy Mosico at 0995-718-1454.

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