WITH KURIKONG, PLANT JACKFRUIT OR POMELO INSTEAD OF MANGO

Agriculture|April 2020

WITH KURIKONG, PLANT JACKFRUIT OR POMELO INSTEAD OF MANGO
WITH THE RECENT kurikong (cecid fly) infestation, what can we plant instead of mango? That’s the question of a budding agripreneur from Tarlac. Really, the kurikong menace has discouraged a lot of carabao mango growers. They are reluctant to buy expensive fertilizer and crop protection chemicals because these will only go to waste if the crop is attacked by the cecid fly that causes the damage.
ZAC B. SARIAN

Offhand, we can think of two possible crops that could be planted on a commercial scale instead of carabao mango. One is jackfruit, particularly the recommended varieties like the Eviarc Sweet from Leyte and the latex less varieties from Malaysia and Thailand.

The other fruit crop is pomelo. Again, the varieties should be with proven desirable traits. First of all, they should have superior eating quality, be adaptable to a wide range of climate, resistant to pests and diseases, high-yielding, and other good characteristics.

BACK TO JACKFRUIT - Jackfruit has a number of advantages compared to mango. Jackfruit is less expensive to maintain than mango. It does not have serious disease or insect problems. The only common problem is the borer that could cause damage if not prevented. Prevention, however, is easy. Bagging the young fruit with ordinary sacking will solve the problem.

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