New farming technology introduced in Kapatagan

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Sunday, March 15, 2015


MT. APO Highland Resort in Barangay Kapatagan, Davao del Sur is currently testing an agricultural system that can serve as an alternative for those who have no area suitable for planting agricultural crops.

Hydroponics, according to the resort's manager Dominic Silao, is an urban farming technology that makes use of mineral nutrient solutions to grow plants without soil.

For their demo farm which is first in the area, Silao said they are using fine sand and rice hull placed in a bamboo trunk cut in half as conduit for the mineral nutrient solution.

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"We chose fine sand and rice hull because it is a much cheaper option," he said.

Beginning on March last year, Silao said they have grown strawberries, lettuce, blackberries, and herbs.

For the strawberries, he said, they currently have four varieties, and they are still testing which ones would grow better on the coldness of the weather of the area.

At present, he said the production still focuses on planting materials while the strawberries, that bear fruit all year round, are being sold to tourists for P600 per kilo.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 16, 2015.

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